Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Canoeing while drinking. Is there any other way?
The rationale sounds strained enough to be a Minnesota Supreme Court majroity opinion:
…Justice West concluded that yes, canoes count — and so does pretty much anything else that transports you over water. In the eyes of the law, then, being drunk while paddling an inflatable dinghy is the same thing as being drunk while driving a pickup truck. Smoking a joint and paddling a canoe is equal to smoking a joint and driving a car. All of the same penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences, apply. Yet you cannot be charged for impaired operation of a bike, because the Criminal Code says land vehicles must be motorized to count.
Of course it does.
There’s plenty of actual tragedy in the story, too, unfortunatlely.