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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.

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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 5:04:08 PM , Rating: 1
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Ok, I agree. As long as you do something that only affects you then there is no problem. Oh, but wait... every little thing you do will affect society in some way.


You mentioned earlier that the Constitution was the supreme law of the land. As you probably know, I'm big time in agreement with that.

So where in the Constitution does it say Freedom is defined by something that only affects you, and nobody else? I see no such described "Freedom from being offended" or ban against affecting society.

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The same thing goes for marijuana. If you want to smoke it, then by all means please do. But make sure you cancel your health insurance so that others don't have to pay for your lung cancer.


Okay I'm not giving my opinion either way on this drug thing, but this isn't logical. Cigarettes are legal and have a FAR higher chance of causing lung cancer than marijuana. Hell you don't even have to smoke weed, you can ingest it. And many do.

You also inhale way less smoke with pot. We've all heard of the pack a day cigarette fiends, or even two packs a day! That would be like doing an ounce a day or something! Nobody does that, you would be stoned 24/7 lol. It's basically impossible.


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