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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: Marijuana will eventually be legal
By tastyratz on 3/15/2012 3:54:53 PM , Rating: 1
moderation? safety of the public?
The reason it is not legal is MONEY and greed, always the underlying push behind many draconian laws. I might not personally smoke weed, but I have seen some VERY valid medicinal uses for people who can benefit from extracts and strains not for recreational use.

Marijuana is synthesized and sold by drug companies for extremely high profit margins. It is in their best interest (and corporate dollars lobbying budget) to prevent legalization.

Prohibition doesn't work. If we want the best interest and safety of people in mind, we should legalize, tax furiously, and regulate. The illegal nature and crime syndicated violence are fostered by the government restrictions. Just imagine the drug cartels in mexico if we removed their primary buyer? It could be a safe place again with reduced profits.

More than 70% of people polled support medicinal uses in studies I have read. The remainder are not only conservative but generally ignorant to true medical benefits. Recreational legalization on par with alcohol is a different step, but don't deny patients with ms/epilepsy/etc a natural low cost drug that could help give them a life worth living. Not all uses for marijuana are for a bunch of kids getting baked over train tracks and stealing from wal mart.

RE: Marijuana will eventually be legal
By Quadrillity on 3/15/2012 4:23:14 PM , Rating: 1
The reason it is not legal is MONEY and greed

I can agree with that, to an extent. It would be next to impossible to regular the usage and marketing of marijuana because it's so easily obtained. All you have to do is plant a seed and water it. Even third graders can do that lol.

The real problem that marijuana advocates never seem to touch on is the idea of "what's next?". Marijuana is so popular as a recreational drug because it's 1) illegal 2) cheap 3) easily obtained and 4) seemingly harmless. What happens when weed is the the equivalent of a teenager seeing his parents on Facebook? As soon as the cool kids see that marijuana is legal, they will move to other, more dangerous substances. That is my opinion of course.

I agree that prohibition doesn't work. But neither does opening up the flood gates for harmful and mind altering substances. Do you think for one second that the cocain users won't instantly lobby for legal status once marijuana is legalized? What about opiates? Where does it end? How do you define "hard drugs"?

These are all serious questions, with a LOT at stake. I don't think we have enough data to make any kind of conclusive arguments just yet.

I still say that everyone should get a job, become a productive part of society, and then realize that drug abuse (by various definitions of "abuse") is just plain out wrong and dumb. Drugs will always be abused, no matter what regulations (or lack thereof) you put in place.

And many things are abused in this world, but not too many will make you suck some guys junk in a back alley so you can get your next fix (not that I am specifically say that marijuana creates an addiction to that extent. Perhaps drugs in general). Just some thoughts.

RE: Marijuana will eventually be legal
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/15/2012 4:33:47 PM , Rating: 2
How do you define "hard drugs"
Anything containing chemicals to produce the drug.

RE: Marijuana will eventually be legal
By Quadrillity on 3/15/2012 8:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
Under that definition, beer would be considered a "hard drug". These issues aren't that black and white.

RE: Marijuana will eventually be legal
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/15/2012 8:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure beer is made using natural plants...

By Quadrillity on 3/15/2012 10:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
But define "natural" additives. For the most part, yeah beer is made from mixing and cooking chemically altered plant material.

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