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Bong water is still illegal in Minnesota

Minnesotans will have to learn to clean their bongs, thanks to  Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a bill that would have overturned State v. Peck, which said that bong water was a mixture that contained a controlled substance. Politics in Minnesota explains the sordid saga of the bong water scandal here.


  1. Quoting the article, “The bill unanimously passed the Senate and passed the House 129-2.” That should clarify, once and for all, how the democratically (note small-“d”) elected legislature feels on the topic. And it should clarify how far the Court stretched in State v. Peck. (Yes, I read the decision.)

    And — once again — our Governor feels it is more important to put his national GOP credentials ahead of common sense. Let’s not forget how he vetoed a bill that would have allowed critically ill cancer patients to follow the advice of their doctor and — egads! — smoke marijuana. Pawlenty’s mother died of cancer when he was 15. Yeah, T-paw would apparently have denied his dying mother marijuana. What a d**che.

    I’m counting down the days until Pawlenty is eliminated in the early GOP primaries. Then he can go and tour the graves of people who died from cancer, suffering without the pain & apetite medication they needed. Was it worth it, Tim, you idiot?

  2. Yes, the Peck decision was wrong in a moral sense, “bordering on the absurd” as J. Anderson wrote in the dissent.

    But the majority reached its decision by interpreting the statute, so really, you’ve got to blame the language.

    In those cases, the right thing to do is for the legislature to fix the problems with the statutory language and construction.

    That’s exactly what happened here. The legislature did the right thing by fixing the statute, it’s a non-partisan issue. Really, it’s a non-issue.

    WHY would the governor veto this bill, which was resoundingly supported by his own party? What purpose does this veto possibly serve? I’m not being rhetorical, I really want to know.

  3. Britt, the answer is simple: Governor Pawlenty will do absolutely nothing that could come back to haunt him in the 2012 primaries.

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