Eight Dumb Florida Pot Arrests to Celebrate 4/20
And that's fine, bro. But keep in mind that, while 4/20 is officially pot day, it doesn't mean it's legal to smoke it for one day. As it stands, you can still get busted in Florida for pot on 4/20.
Of course, 4/20 does open the door for discussion. And we don't mean the kind of discussion about how we might all be living in a universe that is just a speck of dirt on some enormous being's fingernail.
We mean, the kind of discussion about how the powers that be need to just relax on marijuana laws and lift the prohibition already.
Lots of people are getting in trouble with the law over pot for some dumb reasons. That means people who really aren't evil, hardened criminals are getting arrested, which means our tax dollars are being wasted on frivolous things.
Here is a list of eight dumb arrests where pot was involved. Some are idiotic, but some are actually pretty serious. And this is just in the past couple of years. So when you toke up on 4/20, think of these people. Also, don't get arrested yourself.
8. Man Who Is Found With Pot in Pants Claims Pants Aren't His
Johnny Mccoy, 56, was riding a bike on 44th Street near 28th Avenue in Vero Beach when the officer pulled him over for not having the required safety lights on the bicycle.
The officer asked Mccoy if he had any illegal drugs on him. He said he did not.
The deputy then asked for consent to search him.
Mccoy handed the officer a pack of cigarettes that allegedly had a half-smoked joint inside.
Seeing how the jig was possibly up, Mccoy told the deputy that the pants he was wearing did not belong to him. And seeing how being hauled in for petty theft rather than, say, drug possession might be the way to go, he told the officer he stole the pants. From a church.
Mccoy was arrested on drug charges including possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana (he also had cocaine in the pockets). He was not, however, charged with pants theft.
7. Man Gives Cop Permission to Check His Pot Van, Then Gets Upset When Cop Checks Pot Van
In August 2012, cop patrolling mile marker 78 in Islamorada received a dispatch about a red van driving erratically.
The deputy pulled the van over and smelled the distinct odor of pot. He asked the driver if there were any drugs in the vehicle. The driver said no, as marijuana smoke wafted through the window into the air.
The driver then gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. Inside the van, the officer found a backpack filled with plastic bags of weed, to which the driver reportedly said, "I can't believe you checked. Cops always ask to check, but they never do!"
After belligerently yelling at the officer, the driver asked the deputy to "help him out" and to let him throw the drugs away and let him go.
No dice. The driver was arrested and charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.