Hey guys, this is Lawyer Bill, giving out free legal advice. It is a free country, where the police may not commit "unreasonable" searches, which first means they cannot search us without a warrant, but there are many exceptions to this initial rule. One of the exceptions is with consent. If you consent to a search, then the search is reasonable. The police have the right to walk up to a citizen and ask them if they are violating the law by possessing illegal drugs or alcohol. The police further have the right to ask to search your bag or person to prove you are not violating the law. You then have the right to decide whether you wish to give consent. I always advise my clients that when the police ask you to give up your constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches, meaning warrantless searches, you should think of Nancy Reagan, and just say NO! Rights are kinda like muscles, if you do not use them, you tend to lose them. The police cannot legally punish you for exercising your rights by refusing to give consent, period. Generally you will get better results if you are as polite and respectful as possible when saying, "Officer, I do not have any alcohol or anything else appropriate, but I do not give you consent to search my person or my property. You have a nice day". Then turn and throw, and ignore them. If they persist, you could say that you have been advised by legal counsel that it is never a good idea to consent to a search, and so you are just following your attorney's advice. If they want to argue about it, give them my name and number, and explain that your attorney can probably explain why he has advised you to decline said consent better than you can. 913-649-4700.
Of course, it seems clear that there is no "safe" place at SM to drink or smoke anything other than tobacco, due to the physical layout of the course. So, probably best to ensure there is nothing to find, but still do not give consent even if you think there is nothing to find. You can feel patriotic in the process, knowing that by refusing to consent to unreasonable searches, you are helping to protect all of our fundamental constitutional rights, which are always under assault by the authorities particularly post 9/11.