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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Three from the Vault

posted by on June 13 at 11:28 AM

This Week on Drugs took a break last week to make room for Freaky Friday. Nevertheless, drug-news enthusiasts, here are a few stories for your fix…

First, Holland is hopping on the no-smoking bandwagon, threatening American tourists’ god-given right to get baked off their ass in coffee shops. Some high-strung hippies are freaking out, but there’s no need, really. The law passed last Friday only requires the bake havens to designate smoking sections separated by a glass screen. Needless to say, smoking sections will consume most of the establishments. Also in Holland, students invent powdered booze.

Next, in Snohomish County, a 17-year-old girl has been charged with controlled substance homicide in the death of her friend who allegedly died from consuming ecstasy last New Year’s Eve. The girl brought her overdosing friend to the emergency room with a 20-year-old man, also charged, but their friend was pronounced dead on arrival. Genuinely tragic, the legal case stinks worse than an Alaskan canning plant. Why is this being considered a homicide rather than yet another overdose? Did the dead girl really take only ecstasy, and, if so, how much did she take? And why did Adam Kline’s “Good Samaritan” bill, which would protect people from prosecution so they call medics for overdosing friends before they croak, die in state senate committee earlier this year? Answers to those questions and more coming soon.

Last, a Spokane prosecutor put his hat in the ring for Eastern Washington’s biggest asshole. He’s pressing charges against a woman for delivery of marijuana, which seems routine until you discover she’s a great grandmother suffering from a laundry list of ailments and she was using the marijuana as medicine. Moreover, she wasn’t exactly “dealing” the marijuana: She handed a small nugget of weed back to her “dealer” as a way of saying thank you. But Washington state drug laws don’t distinguish between sales and delivery, which can simply be passing a joint from one person to another (deliverers, all of you!), so this prosecutor plans to beat the great grandmamma senseless with a gavel.

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Good to know. So the next time one of my friends is dying, I'll have to make sure they're not already dead before we arrive at the ER.

Dumpster city, baby!

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 13, 2007 11:31 AM

*rolling friends

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 13, 2007 11:31 AM

roll out yer dead?

Posted by seattle98104 | June 13, 2007 11:35 AM

Are you hate teh blacks too like your brother? I heard you are hate them.

Posted by Toothache | June 13, 2007 11:38 AM

Ur teh tarded.

Posted by that guy | June 13, 2007 11:52 AM

Thanks for taking up the torch on that beyond-fishy "Ecstasy overdose."

I don't buy it.

Posted by Matthew | June 13, 2007 11:55 AM

I already have a soft spot for grandmas who toke up but this is just pathetic.

Posted by monkey | June 13, 2007 12:06 PM

Dominic, is there an article that you can link to for the Spokane story that I don't have to pay to read?

Posted by louley | June 13, 2007 1:45 PM

Hearing about this kind of shit pains me. I long for the day when the US has a sensible drug policy.

Posted by Dianna | June 13, 2007 2:59 PM

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