Eight Dumb Florida Pot Arrests to Celebrate 4/20
3. Abandoned Pot Boat Washes Ashore in Fort Lauderdale
South Florida history is riddled with stores of people abandoning weed at the first sign of cops. From the infamous "square groupers" -- bricks of marijuana authorities find in the ocean that was dumped by smugglers -- to boats being found with tons of weed but no people on board.
In September of 2013, one such was boat washed ashore on a Ft. Lauderdale beach.
According to Fort Lauderdale Police, cops found several packages of weed the size of text books on board. However, there were no people on the boat.
No one was ever apprehended.
.... And then there's the more serious side to pot being illegal.
2. Mother Who Wants Medical Marijuana for Her Child Gets Harassed by Child Services
While there were no arrests involved in this story, it's still a pretty insane one.
Renee Petro, a mother of two, was abruptly visited by Florida Child Protective Services in March on an anonymous tip that she had been administering marijuana to her 12-year-old son, Branden, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. Turns out, Petro was not, in fact, administering any marijuana to Branden. She has, however, been an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana. The real crime, it would seem, was the intrusion of CPS agents arriving at her home to interrogate her 9-year-old daughter and the nurse who takes care of Branden.
Petro has been a vocal advocate for medical marijuana and has been a part of rallies put together by parents dealing with similar struggles.
The activism might have been a result of the anonymous tipster calling the Department of Children and Families. But during their visit, the agents found no evidence of Petro administering any marijuana to Branden.
Part of the investigation included separating the children from her for questioning, including her 9-year-old daughter.
1. Wheel Chair-Bound Woman's House Gets Raided by Cops Because of Her Medical Weed
On February 25, 2013, Florida Cannabis Action Network president, Cathy Jordan, had her home raided by police like a SWAT team crashing into Pablo Escobar's mansion. Cops swarmed Jordan's home after a government employee who wasn't even visiting her spotted some marijuana plants on Jordan's property.
Turns out, Jordan is wheelchair bound and has been battling Lou Gehrig's disease since 1986. She uses marijuana as treatment.
A month later, the State Attorney's Office in Manatee County decided to drop the charges against Cathy's husband, Robert, who owns the home. The case was dropped once it was established that Cathy needs marijuana for medical reasons.
"We've been doing this for 16 years," Robert said at the time. "And, you know, finally it went through the legal system and they're saying we're right all along."
It ended up being a victory for the Jordans, but still. Having an entire police squad treating people's homes like the final scene in Goodfellas for no real reason could be avoided in the future if medical marijuana were made legal.