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Meth-Based Vanity License Plate
    #4213543 - 05/24/05 11:27 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Meth-Based Vanity License Plate
May 24, 2005 - wpvi.com

A black 2002 Audi tooling around Seattle's streets has a vanity license plate that appears to have gotten in under the radar of the state licensing police.

The inscription, C9H13N, is the chemical compound for methamphetamine - not that the general public would know that.

The plate appears to violate state law that bans vanity plates making reference to alcohol or illegal substances.

The driver of the car, whose name was not released, told state officials in his application for the plate that the series of letters and numbers represented red food coloring, said Brad Benfield, spokesman for the state Department of Licensing.

But according to the Chemistry Department at the University of Washington, the compound represented on the plate is not the common formula for red food coloring.

"This is a serious concern, if there is a license out there with something on it that a reasonable person would consider related to an illegal substance," said Benfield.

There's an outside chance that the plate may be legal because the chemical compound is also the formula for amphetamine, which is used in medicines.

Revoking a license plate is not a simple task.

First the state would send the driver a letter questioning the plate. Then the case would go to the agency's Personalized Plate Review Committee, made up of officials from the licensing department, the Washington State Patrol, county auditors and vehicle-licensing agents.

Over the past 18 months, the committee has reviewed 17 questionable plates, and four - all with sexual connotations - have been canceled.

Last week the state dismissed a complaint about a vanity plate imprinted with JOHN316 - a reference to a New Testament verse - because it wasn't deemed offensive.

So how could this plate have been issued in the first place?

"It's pretty easy for something like this to slip through," said Benfield. "With a series of letters and numbers, if you're not a chemist it doesn't ring a bell."


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: veggie]
    #4213572 - 05/24/05 11:38 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I'm glad people are wasting time and money on this. This is, of course, a very serious issue.


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: T85]
    #4215933 - 05/24/05 09:28 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

if I were driving down the highway and spotted a plate that read "C9H13N", I would be extremely offended and outraged.


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: SuperD]
    #4215984 - 05/24/05 09:42 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Why, got a problem with amphetamine?
http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/meth/meth_chemistry.shtml

stupid reporting, bottom line.
So much for an educated press.


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: Randolph_Carter]
    #4216005 - 05/24/05 09:46 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

actually i'd wave and give a smile as i passed the driver up..sarcasm doesn't mix well with typed text  :wink:


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: veggie]
    #4216036 - 05/24/05 09:55 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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Last week the state dismissed a complaint about a vanity plate imprinted with JOHN316 - a reference to a New Testament verse - because it wasn't deemed offensive.





i find this more offensive than the one in question


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: SuperD]
    #4216040 - 05/24/05 09:57 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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SuperD said:
sarcasm doesn't mix well with typed text  :wink:




I appreciated it  :thumbup:


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: T85]
    #4217160 - 05/25/05 03:35 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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T85 said:
I'm glad people are wasting time and money on this.  This is, of course, a very serious issue.




OFF with his head!  :rolleyes:


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: dr_gonz]
    #4218307 - 05/25/05 01:52 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

:blush: this guy needs jailed immediately!


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: wrestler_az]
    #4219877 - 05/25/05 09:20 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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Last week the state dismissed a complaint about a vanity plate imprinted with JOHN316 - a reference to a New Testament verse - because it wasn't deemed offensive.





i find this more offensive than the one in question




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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: delta9]
    #4219968 - 05/25/05 09:46 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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delta9 said:
Quote:

wrestler_az said:
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Last week the state dismissed a complaint about a vanity plate imprinted with JOHN316 - a reference to a New Testament verse - because it wasn't deemed offensive.





i find this more offensive than the one in question







DMV rejects 'JOHN316'
license plate
Bureaucrats claim biblical tag inappropriately refers to 'deity'

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Posted: January 19, 2005
5:00 p.m. Eastern



? 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

A resident of Vermont who had his request for a custom "JOHN316" license plate rejected filed a federal lawsuit against Department of Motor Vehicles officials yesterday.

Alliance Defense Fund, a legal group representing Shawn W. Byrne, says the state agency's action violates the Constitution.


"The Constitution does not permit DMV officials to discriminate based upon the applicant's point of view," said ADF attorney Joshua Carden in a statement. "Religious speech is not inferior to secular speech. The department's actions are clearly unconstitutional."

John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse in the Christian Bible. It states, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

According to ADF, Byrne submitted his application for the special plate on April 20. The following month, he received a letter from the DMV stating that each of his choices, including "JOHN316," was "deemed to be a combination that refers to deity and has been denied based on that reason." Byrne appealed the decision, but an administrative law judge upheld the denial based on the statute that prohibits combinations that refer to "deity," among other things.

Though DMV officials rejected Byrne's application, they approved other plates that used names and numbers referring to religion, the legal group says.

"DMV officials selectively censored Mr. Byrne's expression," explained Carden. "When officials suppress speech because they don't like the message of the plate or the viewpoint it expresses, that's illegal discrimination. ?

"Not only did DMV officials enforce the statute unequally when they approved another applicant's plate that also referred to deity or religion, but the statute itself does not pass constitutional muster. We intend to make sure that the DMV will no longer be able to discriminate against anyone based upon their religious views."

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42453


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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: d33p]
    #4220261 - 05/25/05 11:14 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

<<DMV rejects 'JOHN316'
license plate
Bureaucrats claim biblical tag inappropriately refers to 'deity'>>

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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I need to stop spending all my money on plants and take up a cheaper hobby, like heroin. :lol:

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Re: Meth-Based Vanity License Plate [Re: SuperD]
    #4220492 - 05/26/05 12:06 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

i was thikning that someone managed to make a license plate out of meth when i saw this at first.... maybee the plate is a molded brck of glass covered in paint? and they never knew..


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