Jerry Garcia’s marijuana pipe takes a long, strange trip and ends up in a Marin County antique shop
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For three years, the pot pipe left in a Marin County antiques shop looked like a piece of pottery, but the pipe is actually an inch-long marijuana pipe.
It was found by a Marin County sheriff’s deputy in a display case at the Old Town Antiques in San Rafael after police say the pipe was stolen from the shop over the weekend.
The deputy went to the shop around 6 a.m. Sunday to serve a search warrant and found the pipe. He called for a forensic team, and when they arrived, they found that the pipe was filled with marijuana residue.
The deputy also found a small bag of marijuana, about 4.5 grams, wrapped in aluminum foil in the pipe, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The pipe is an inch-long, and it is decorated with a pink maroon ribbon. It was wrapped in a brown paper grocery bag and was tagged with “Marin County, California.”
It was valued at $9.95 at the shop.
Marin law enforcement officials said the pipe was turned over to county police, who are investigating.
Marin County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Kupers told the Marin Independent Journal the pipe is about 6 inches long and was probably used by the shop’s owner to smoke pot in his house, as he has had problems with his wife in the past.
“I called in the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and they were in the process of investigating it when a detective found the pipe in the shop,” Kupers said. “The department had the right to search the shop and, under Marin’s search warrant statute at section 1532, they searched the shop. The pipe was recovered from the shop.”
That law, however, doesn’t allow for the police to search stores without a warrant and it was not clear that the police would have been able to search the shop without a warrant.
Marin County District Attorney George Gascon told the newspaper he doesn’t believe the drug pipe was in any danger, though he did say he