Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bong Water Case: The Veto

The legislative effort to at least exclude the first four ounces of weight of the fluid used in a water pipe in determining the weight of a controlled substance mixture has met the governor's veto, who does not want criminal justice to be watered down. For a more detailed description of the legislature's efforts see here.

What this means is that literally if you happen to have 1 and 3/4 tablespoons of water that somehow contains a trace of methamphetamine that is the same as you possessing 25.88 grams of meth, a controlled substance crime in the 1st degree and has the same punishment as assaulting and inflicting great bodily harm on someone, starting at 86 months, assuming no prior history.

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