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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RE: One does wonder...
3/15/2012 4:58:46 PM
lol.. by your comment on "moral fabric", im assuming your a religous person..and wish to push your beliefs on others... morality is based on how you personally percieve things. freedom is exactly about what it says.. freedom... not candosomethingsbutnotothersaslongasitokwitheveryone lseom.
How about the fact seatbelts have been known to CAUSE deaths in some accidents? so you think the govt should be able to pick winners and say you need to use a seatbelt even though it can "possibly" kill you. I pay for auto insurance like everyone else and have never been in an accident.
Should I get a refund for not using it? is my not wearing a seatbelt going to stop you from arguing with your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend or whatever and not paying attention to the road and slamming into me? or taking your eye off the roadd to put out your cigarette? or should we just only provide medical treatment to the person not at fault.. because either way someone is costing us money in car insurance bills, as someone is always at fault. if anything Im more likely to die not wearing a seatbelt.. so the insurance company gets off cheap.
or for marijuana, do cigarette smokers health insurance get cancelled? or drinkers who blow out thier liver.. do we say oh well... you have to die now.. sorry. or because its legal thats ok.. well just let that one pass.
wouldn't it be smarter to tax the marijuana and use the income to pay for any health effects like is done with alcohol and cigarettes? think of the lives saved by no drug war, and no criminal enterprise related to drugs. people would be buying weed from a store.. not the local drug dealers house were he gets exposed to harder chemically derived drugs that actually effect society and crime rates.
If your wife has sex with your buddy and gets aids from him then passes onto you aids.. should we not cancel your insurance because all your friends knew she was a hoe so you should have too? These are all questions we should ask right?
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