Forest Lake police declare war on glass pipes

Categories: Drugs, Law
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But what if you just intend to smoke tobacco out of them?
Last year it was Stillwater and Hudson. This year, the war on glass pipes has moved north to Forest Lake.

SEE ALSO: Medical marijuana supported by vast majority of Minnesotans, but won't be legalized this year

In an attempt to make sure the Washington County exurb never produces another ganja-crazy youth like Royce White, the Forest Lake Police Department recently sent mailings to Dazy Maze and the other head shop in town informing business owners about a proposed change to city ordinance criminalizing the sale of pipes, bongs, and other items that could "reasonably" be used to smoke drugs.

From the Forest Lake Times:
Capt. Greg Weiss last week sent out letters to area businesses known to sell such items. The outreach served notice of the department's intentions and explained the potential punishments for violation. Buyers would be committing a petty misdemeanor; sellers would be committing a misdemeanor.

For the department's plan to take effect, the City Council will ultimately have to approve the updated drug paraphernalia ordinance that came before the governing body at its March 5 workshop...

The ordinance's effect on stores would vary based on the overall nature of their business, but for at least a couple, it would be significant.

"If they abide by this ordinance, their stock is going to be severely depleted," Weiss said...

To Weiss, the proposal is grounded in common sense, and the consequences of inaction would continue to grow. He notes that none of Forest Lake's immediately surrounding communities have such shops, and that, he says, drives drug users into this city.

"Let's face it, who's going to smoke tobacco out of a glass pipe that's specifically used to smoke methamphetamines?" Weiss said. "That's foolish. It's foolish to let it sit in our city and not do anything about it."
As we told you about last year, the legal precedent for controversial city ordinances of this sort was established in late 2011 when a U.S. District Court ruled the city of Moorhead had legal grounds for banning "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.

That's an unfortunate development for head shop owners. But for smokers, where there's a will, there's a way, and grocery stores aren't about to ban apples anytime soon.


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fizz.dude1
fizz.dude1

Meanwhile the rest of the country is moving forward with legalizing the damn plant. Wake up, Minnesota!

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

Drug users aren't moving to Forest Lake because of Dazy Maze. Drug users are already there because it's a shitty town overflowing with meth and racists. Closing a head shop isn't going to make anything better in Flake. AND WHERE IN THE GOD DAMN HELL ARE THE KIDS GOING TO GET THEIR INCENSE???

wwetnaojw
wwetnaojw

Billions of dollars wasted every year to fight some harmless weed that they use medically in 1/5 of the country. Idiots

eddogg67
eddogg67

Oh yeah, because they must can't just either drive down to the cities or find what they need online.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Cops are so stupid...i would never be a dumb cop

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

Stupid. One could "reasonably" smoke marijuana from an apple, I've done so and it was delicious. Why do these people exist?

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Um ok. Good job Mr Policeman. They will just go online and buy it. You will lose your taxdollars. Are they really this dumb? Wait wait don't tell me.

Ellie Krueger
Ellie Krueger

There are much bigger things the FLAKE police dept could be spending their time on... This is a sad attack on local business as far as i am concerned.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Hmmm, like the democrats trying to ban types of guns.  Banning an object.  Dumb...

Oliver Holmberg
Oliver Holmberg

It's funny that this article implies that glass pipes and Hookahs are designed to smoke Meth.

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

that way the can push people into using less healthy means of smoking, and if someone gets lung cancer from inhaling plastic fumes or something, it can be blamed on the drugs

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

I was about to type the same thing as Amber ^ above about the apples and pop cans. This is ridiculous!!

Jake Benecasa
Jake Benecasa

There's more dangerous things to go after besides pot. Dan is spot on when he said that rapists et. al. are practically in the clear now.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

They know that more illegal activities means more job security for them, and this is an easy target.

Aaron Hamm
Aaron Hamm

Obviously they have a smart police force in Forrest Lake.

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

I hope they open several bars instead, for glass pipes are the problem...

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

Lol, these are the same arguments made for those against gun control.... "If they make guns illegal, soon they will have to make knives, hammers, cars illegal." "If they make pipes illegal, they will have to make tinfoil, apples, pop cans illegal." See the correlation? If you don't like guns, don't buy them. If you don't like drugs, don't do them. If you don't agree with gay marriage, don't marry someone of the opposite sex. Lesson of all this? If you don't like someone taking away or blocking your rights, don't do that to someone else. :D PS- This is a step in the wrong direction. You should all write to Governor Dayton to get him to change his mind about the medical mj bill introduced last week. He received major financial support from the police union, and says he will veto a medical mj bill because he, "doesn't think we need any more drugs available to people." Progressive my a#$.

Kinnell Tackett
Kinnell Tackett

They should also criminalize cans of soda, or any cans for that matter, hookahs and apples

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

@Jake Handegaed - long live Mellow Moods and Discontent!

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Better ban tin foil, bottles, fruit, zig zags and swishers too then. Waste of time and money that could be used towards something important. This is a losing battle, and the government is the loser.

Tim Cheesebrow
Tim Cheesebrow

clearly a major threat to the population at large.

Al Bindewald
Al Bindewald

And they wonder why people think law enforcement is a joke.

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Where are the right wingers hollering about the oppression of small business owners?

Jake Handegard
Jake Handegard

"Let's face it, who's going to smoke tobacco out of a glass pipe that's specifically used to smoke *************methamphetamines*************?" Weiss said. "That's foolish. It's foolish to let it sit in our city and not do anything about it." Lets face it... cops are clueless.

Derek McMorrow
Derek McMorrow

I'll continue to use my vape anytime, anywhere.. try'n stop me.

Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz

Always following the path of least resistance. Is love to see any of those cops do up a meth lab.

Amber Ace Cleveland
Amber Ace Cleveland

Will apples and pop cans be next? Man, haven't these people ever heard of Macgyver, all this is doing is putting small shops out of business, which is really intelligent especially considering the employment rate in Forest Lake. Kudos.

Dan Hoffman
Dan Hoffman

They're always after the low hanging fruit. Rapists, robbers and murderers have nothing to fear.

Jake Handegard
Jake Handegard

They just did this in the town where I'm from... Moorhead... Whats the point? Not only can you just go to a different town but you can use just about anything to smoke out of... i.e.. an apple, a water bottle, you can still buy rolling papers and cigars etc.... All it did for Moorhead was remove 4 businesses from the downtown area that have yet to have someone replace them. Economy is messed up already and people are literally closing down businesses?

Ryan Cooper
Ryan Cooper

they must not have anything else better to do

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk Yes, liberal cops in Michelle Bachmann's district (or pretty close to it). Give me a break - this is coming from the "less-government" conservatives and you know it. What a bunch of crybaby hypocrites you all are.

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@Noel Barrick The slight difference being that maniacs don't run around shoving glass pipes through people's wind pipes (usually), but I mostly agree with your sentiment.

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