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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 2:12:24 PM , Rating: 1

Crack is made from the Cocaine leaf. A plant that grows naturally.

I do think we should be a free for all society actually.. thats what freedom is all about. As long as it does not hurt other people in the process.

Well that's the catch isn't it? Police and Federal law enforcement will point to the deaths caused from drug-running, shootouts with authorities, etc etc and say "Look see, drugs ARE hurting people!"

It's gotten to the point where almost any Government action can be justified if it just causes a death, hurts someone's feelings, causes a problem etc etc.

The govt should have no place regulating what I do with my body, in my house, or anything else that does not hurt other people even if it hurts myself. they should not be able to tell me I have to wear a seat belt, can't smoke pot, who I can or cannot have sex with etc..


RE: One does wonder...
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/15/2012 2:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's made from the Coca Leaf, but unlike marijuana, it's mixed with other chemicals to make into cocaine.

RE: One does wonder...
By carigis on 3/15/2012 3:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
the coca leaf is processed in lots and lots of chemicals...before it becomes crack or cocaine.. there is no cocaine leaf :)

also the deaths from drug running are attributable to it being illegal causing an underground market to be created.. The same thing that happened with alcohol.. which caused them to re-legalize it. No illegal market created by prohibition.. no way for drug smugglers to profit and reason for them to kill people.

now that alcohol is legal.. who is trafficking in alcohol? noone.. no al capone equivelant.. nothing.

they stick to book making and drug smuggling.. because both are illegal. if betting on games was legal.. there would be no bookies. knee cappers.. etc..

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