Pubdate: Tue, 12 Feb 2002
Source: Joplin Globe, The (MO)
Copyright: 2002 The Joplin Globe
Author: John Michael Finn


The people of McDonald County should be proud that their Sheriff's 
Department has the time, resources and conviction to root out the purveyors 
of drug paraphernalia and shut them down! Because "everyone knows what 
these things are being used for." Pipes, rolling papers and water pipes 
have been taken off the market and the shop owner is soon to be charged 
with "possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute."

I for one will certainly rest easier knowing that these items have been 
taken off the market. Oh, by the way, how are their efforts proceeding to 
locate and shut down meth labs? You know, the ones where they keep finding 
fully automatic weapons? We all have our priorities I guess. Personally, 
I'd sooner encourage people to smoke a little pot and fall asleep rather 
than cook a batch of meth and play with machine guns.

Have it your way, McDonald County.

John Michael Finn

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