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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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RE: One does wonder...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/15/2012 12:14:32 PM , Rating: -1
How are drug and DWI checkpoints a "bible belt" or Texas thing? As far as I can find, pretty much every state does this or did at one point or another.

Hey look, just another reason to avoid Michigan's police state!

RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/15/2012 4:48:28 PM , Rating: 1
I'm pretty sure there was no DWI involved here. I can tell you that I have been driving for sixteen years and have not once been stopped for a warrantless K-9 search, and I believe it reasonable to expect not to be subjected to such searches.

Had he been exhibiting signs of intoxication, or had there been some probable cause prior the the K-9 search, it would have been a different matter, but those don't appear to be the facts of the case, as reported.

RE: One does wonder...
By vol7ron on 3/15/2012 6:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
Drug sniffing dogs are not a reasonable cause?

RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/15/12, Rating: 0
RE: One does wonder...
By Ringold on 3/16/2012 12:10:39 AM , Rating: 2
Lots of hippies inbound. So they set up a device, basically, to detect weed.

How is this different then the logic that says, hmm, most drunk driving occurs at night, on holidays, so at night on holidays how about we set up check points and try to detect drunk drivers?

It's not, you just have your panties twisted.

RE: One does wonder...
By bigboxes on 3/16/2012 1:07:38 AM , Rating: 1
Ringold, GFY

RE: One does wonder...
By ajdavis on 3/18/2012 1:23:42 AM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding? Lets assume, for instance, most banks are robbed by young black men (may not be factual). Should the police be allowed to stop anyone that fits that profile too?

That'd be profiling, right? But by your logic that's totally acceptable. It's a slippery slope dude.

RE: One does wonder...
By Iketh on 3/17/2012 12:02:53 AM , Rating: 1
It saves lives. What don't you get about this? I sure as hell cannot drive with just a couple puffs of marijuana and there are plenty that do it. How is this different than checkpoints set up primarily to catch drunk drivers?

RE: One does wonder...
By GuyverAlpha on 3/16/2012 12:45:03 PM , Rating: 1
In reality it all depends on what you consider right and just or not. You don't have a problem with what he was doing so therefore it is unjust and you don't like it. To prove you're correct you'll state a bunch of facts and figures to back your statements. In response, those that don't agree with you and/or don't like what he potentially was doing will also do the same: state a bunch of facts and figures to counter yours. Bottom line is: the town is near a border, there was a higher awareness due to an event occurring in the state so extra measures were put in place to help deter the influx of illegal substances coming into the state. Whether or not the substances should be illegal is irrelevant at this point because they are, pure and simple. If the checkpoint had been setup to try to impede something else that you have no problem considering illegal we wouldn't hear a thing from you, even if what it is shouldn't be illegal either. If you want something changed complaining about it in an open forum is nothing more than throwing a tantrum in a store because mommy wouldn't buy you that toy. If you want it, go and get it. Get signatures, get letters, get backup with actual clout that can make an impact. Basically, if you want it changed, put up or shut up.

RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/16/2012 8:17:32 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, I would protest any unreasonable search. I'm kind of offended you think I'm in it because Marijuana is some sort of cause celebre to me and not on the general legal principle. You seem to think you know me and my values, but you don't.

RE: One does wonder...
By Iketh on 3/17/2012 3:56:21 PM , Rating: 2
It's a reasonable search. That's the point. You're throwing a fit over a reasonable search. The reasons why they're reasonable and NECESSARY have already been stated.

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