Hudson police raid smoke shop, confiscate all glass pipes as "drug paraphernalia"

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Is it drug paraphernalia if it hasn't been used? Hudson authorities think so.
There must be something about the waters of the St. Croix River that make authorities really paranoid about glass pipes.

Earlier this month, we told you about a new Stillwater ordinance that broadly defines "drug paraphernalia" as "objects used, intended for use, or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing controlled substances," including glass pipes, water pipes, roach clips, and chillums. Selling any such object is a misdemeanor, possessing them a petty misdemeanor.

Now comes news that Hudson Police yesterday raided Left of Center, an adult entertainment and smoke shop downtown, and confiscated the store's entire collection of glass pipes as "drug paraphernalia."

Officers seized 25 glass pipes and ticketed Left of Center's owners $240 for each of them for a total fine of $6,000. The owners intend to challenge the citations in court.

Hudson Patch reports that the raid comes on the heels of Hudson police deciding to change the way the city's drug paraphernalia ordinance is enforced. No longer does an object like a glass pipe need to be found along with a controlled substance to be considered paraphernalia -- now, the pipe itself is illegal.
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St. Croix sisters Stillwater and Hudson represent the frontline of the war on glass pipes.

Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said he decided to change the way his department enforces the ordinance after learning that the city of Moorhead has gotten away with criminalizing unused glass pipes. Before that point, "we were always under the assumption that the pipe hadn't been used, it wasn't considered drug paraphernalia," Jensen told Patch.

The ultimate goal, Jensen said, is to reduce drug use in Hudson.

"Obviously we have a drug problem here in town," Jensen said. "With our limited resources, we can only do so much. If we can slow down people's ability to get drug paraphernalia, hopefully we're slowing down some of the drug use that's going on."

But Andrew Nelson, a lawyer representing Left of Center's Minnesota-based owners, said Hudson police are overreaching, adding that he doesn't think the citations will withstand a legal challenge.

"I don't think the court is going to say, 'The Hudson PD says that this is drug paraphernalia, so it is, and you're guilty,'" Nelson said. "Everybody knows that these items are not drug paraphernalia until someone adds the drug element to it... What they're trying to do is issue citations on the chance that somebody could use these for an illicit purpose, [but] we have different laws in this country for that purpose."

Related coverage:
-- Stillwater drug paraphernalia ban becomes law, lawyer promises court challenge
-- Stillwater approves drug paraphernalia ban, on forefront of war against glass pipes


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Rshackleford95
Rshackleford95

This is the stupidest thing I have heard in a which ,you are not stopping anyone from doing anything so you might as well give the fuck up and go find something else to do with your pothetic life and stop trying to ban and dictate everything people do. 

Missyjod
Missyjod

I personally don't smoke. I went into a shop with my friend and fell in love with the character pipes. I now collect them for their beauty. So am I now collecting paraphernalia? According to the Hudson police chief I guess I am.

Jimmyfo67
Jimmyfo67

your not a judge ,,your not a lawmaker,,,and i dont give 2 shits that you have been a police officer for over 25 years,,,i dont F**king care,,,you uphold the law...YOU DONT MAKE THE LAW.

Guest
Guest

You all remember those dickheads in high school who gave us shit for smoking weed, right? Well some of them grew up into even bigger dickhead adults, with the mentality that they should go into law enforcement because they toed the line (even though the only "crime" many of us committed was to smoke weed--the quotes are there because there is no law on the books against simply smoking weed). Some of these cop dickheads made a career in law enforcement, eventually making the rank of CHIEF OF POLICE.  As the number 1 dickhead on the force, he makes sure all those pot smoking assholes from high school (or anyone who represents that subset in his mind) know who's in charge.

Slojo_Coma
Slojo_Coma

Hudson is under siege by the devil weed and something MUST be done.  Something like harassing legitimate small businesses that pay taxes and employ people.

Quest
Quest

It's ok, they're just killing a market in Hudson.  People can just jaunt the 12 or so miles to The Hideaway in Oakdale, located off 10th St and 694. 1185 Geneva Ave N, Oakdale, MN.  HUGE store, good selection of cigars.

Amanda Lee-Pearl Moore
Amanda Lee-Pearl Moore

if they honestly think they're going to slow down people from smoking pot by just taking down 1 head shop they're on something...

Skywalker
Skywalker

If Hudson really does have a drug problem, then the cops should concentrate on those drugs that cause addiction and other social problems. Those drugs don't get smoked out of that kind of pipe.

Or maybe they don't really care about the alleged drug problem and are just trying beef up arrest numbers by going after the low-hanging fruit.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Better confiscate everybody's spoons too!!

Guest
Guest

You're not literate, you're not intelligent, and as the chief of police you pick and choose which laws to enforce, idiot.

Concerned
Concerned

Unless you are the police chief/Hitler of Hudson!  Then you can do whatever you want!

Concerned
Concerned

The Hideaway is/was attempting to come to Hudson to.  They have joined forces with Left Of Center in this fight!!!!

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

HA, nice plug.  I like it.

Guest
Guest

Well, it is Hudson.  Remember Somerset?  The police chief skinny dipping with an underaged drunk girl?  Or the firbug in their volunteer fire department.  That whole "small town" mentality applies when they want it to.  And $50 says the store's inventory list doesn't match the evidence record logs before this is all said and done.

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