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Police charged GeoHot as if his THC chocolates were solid marijuana

Renowned hardware hacker and iDevice-jailbreaker extraordinaire George "GeoHot" Hotz, 22, has been arrested and booked for possessing marijuana.  

These days GeoHot is working at Facebook and is an active member of Facebook-sponsored "Chronic Dev Team", which works to "free your iPad and iPhone".   Travelling from home in Cali, GeoHot was cruising into Texas in the western-border town and census site of Sierra Blanca on his way to speak at the renowned entertainment and digital lifestyle festival South by Southwest, which is held every year in Austin, a city in central-Texas.

While the hot question on everyone's mind may be whether the famed hacker was "hot boxing", we may never know.

What is known is that the town's police, expecting the rush of festival participants driving in from California were screening all cars with drug sniffing dogs.  The dogs apparently became extra excited at GeoHot's car, and sure enough he had some of "the chronic" in his car -- enough to reportedly earn him a felony possession charge.

Taken downtown, he was booked at the station (likely he did not get the opportunity to test his IRL jailbreaking skills), and then released on $1,500 USD bond.

But GeoHot might be in good shape -- apparently the officer goofed.  He had approximately 1/4 oz. of marijuana and chocolate edibles equivalent to less than 1/8 oz.  However, the officers weighed the chocolate as if it was pure marijuana, hence how he received the felony possession.  This led the officers to then estimate the value of GeoHot's "special" chunky chocolate truffle at $800 USD, rather than the $15 USD he reportedly paid for it.

As a reader pointed out, nonsensical as it may be, this is actually how the Texas penal code works -- anything with a drug in it, is counted as a drug when waying for determination of a felony.  GeoHot is only fortunate he didn't have a couple more chocolates or he might be looking at a 3rd degree felony and some serious prison time. (The threshold for a 3rd degree felony is 1 oz.)

The whole incident casts in a whole new light GeoHot's surprisingly funny and solid "rap retort" to Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758lawsuit against him for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3:

America is a rather funny nation where both of its last two presidents openly admitted to smoking marijuana, yet it remains an imprisonable felony in many regions to possess the potent plant.  While peer-reviewed studies published in medicine's most prestigious journals found marijuana to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, it remains illegal in America.  In fact marijuana has been found to have mild beneficial effects.

Source: Above the Law

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By Jahooba on 3/15/2012 11:01:09 AM , Rating: -1
I think Democrats want to keep weed illegal so all their voters don't sleep in on election day.

RE: Frustrating.
By tamalero on 3/15/2012 11:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
The whole issue happened in Texas, a very pro republican state.
why are you blaming democrats anyway?

as for the whole Issue..
It seems they were trying to find ANY excuse to get on Geohot's .
Also if the whole pure weed vs chocolate weed was true.. shouldn't a lawyer make them overturn the felony?
Its not like Geohot messed up.

RE: Frustrating.
By stusanagain on 3/15/2012 11:31:05 AM , Rating: 5
I think Democrats want to keep weed illegal so all their voters don't sleep in on election day.
I think Republicans want to keep weed illegal so they can keep Democrats in jail on election day.

RE: Frustrating.
By theaerokid on 3/15/2012 11:35:59 AM , Rating: 1
They don't have to do that. They just "Rock The Vote" in their direction by registering dead people, cartoon characters and pets to vote. They've pretty much got a monopoly on voter fraud, hence their opposition to voter ID laws and defense of the pimp-encouraging, voter registration fraudster, since-defunded-by-congress ACORN, or whatever the hell they're calling themselves this week, since they run and hide like cockroaches when you turn on the light. That's what all these "community organizing" agencies are for; disguising voter fraud.

RE: Frustrating.
By jeff834 on 3/15/2012 1:39:33 PM , Rating: 4
Except in 2000 when republican voter fraud got us the first ever cokehead president.

RE: Frustrating.
By mikeyD95125 on 3/15/2012 3:44:44 PM , Rating: 1
Ah, yet another random category arbitrarily split between democrats and republicans. It must be an election year.

If I had to guess I'd say the split between smokers who vote democrat vs. republican isn't nearly as big as you think. People are mostly the same no matter how "divided" the media makes it appear so. Kind of like how Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum would do almost the exact same things as President except for what they talk about, and a few policies on social issues.

By the way, if I were born yesterday and just learned about Republicans and Democrats. I would hear "Legalize marijuana! The government needs to stay out of my personal life and respect my liberty! Take back the power and money from the drug cartels!"
I would think the republicans thought it up.

Just sayin...

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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