My friend Andrew Carroll held a tiny bud of marijuana in his hand in a public place. Contrary to what many may think, it’s not illegal to smoke pot. It’s illegal to possess it. Andrew put out press releases and contacted law enforcement ahead of time to let them know he would be breaking the law. His offense was initially a class A misdemeanor. It was lowered to class B which means no jail time. It also means no jury trial which is something he would have requested. Most drug offenders plea for lesser charges which makes it quicker to railroad the many cases through the system. If they started asking for jury trials, the drug war would become too cumbersome to continue at the current rate.
Laws like these make victims of innocent people which means the state itself is a criminal in the truest sense. Hopefully Andrew’s actions on Saturday will inspire others to question authority. Below is video from the event.