GeoHot Gets Busted for Weed Possession on His Way to Speak at SXSW
March 15, 2012 10:37 AM
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Police charged GeoHot as if his THC chocolates were solid marijuana
Renowned hardware hacker and
George "GeoHot" Hotz, 22, has been
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
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 (
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
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3/15/2012 1:36:04 PM
He was going to make a speech, maybe he gets nervous. He took his weed along because it's like a much less harmful version of Xanax.
I don't smoke, drink much, or do any drugs, but I've known and know quite a few people who smoke weed regularly some of them nearly every day. Yet every one of those people I know is a productive member of society, sometimes being productive even while high. I can't think of one person I've met (whose only illegal drug of choice is weed) who has had their life ruined or even damaged by it.
As for being smart enough to realize he may get arrested for it? Well I've been all over the country, including many large events, and never once have I seen a checkpoint with drug sniffing dogs. Also, when you live in one state where the laws are very lenient for that kind of thing you tend to forget that other states may be downright crazy about it. I live in WI where you could get 10 DUIs before you see the inside of a county jail, but in another state you wouldn't get past 2.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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