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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 chromal on 3/15/2012 7:27:19 PM , Rating: 0
No, it just means all travelers are equally searched unreasonably. If there's no probable cause to stop a car and subject it to a K9 evaluation, it is unreasonable.

RE: One does wonder...
By avxo on 3/15/2012 9:58:43 PM , Rating: 1
Perhaps you should invite a number of Judges to attend a class you teach, so you can pass on your legal expertise to them :)

RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/15/2012 11:15:01 PM , Rating: 1
Perhaps you should have your rights violated while Internet jackasses defend those responsible.

RE: One does wonder...
By Ringold on 3/16/2012 12:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
If this were illegal, then the common, almost nation-wide practice of DUI checkpoints would be illegal. If so, the Supreme Court would've long since ruled against it.

Therefore, you have no such right that defends you in this case, at least no right enshrined in the constitution.

The only difference is here that this town was pursuing this law with vigor usually reserved for alcohol, but that was their prerogative.

As to hippies saying its reason to avoid the 'police state', I very much doubt Texas will lose sleep over fewer hippies.

RE: One does wonder...
By myhipsi on 3/16/2012 10:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
The supreme court is very rarely on the side of the constitution and almost always sides with the government. There have been countless unconstitutional laws passed, and this is one of them. The constitution was meant to LIMIT federal government power, of course the government's main goal is to grow and acquire more power, so the constitution is antithetical to the federal government and the farce that is the supreme court.

Roadblocks and DUI checkpoints are no different then cops going door to door with police dogs to sniff around people's houses. It's random, there's no suspicion of wrong doing, people are just traveling. Hell, the whole drug war is unconstitutional on its face. At least with alcohol prohibition they actually amended the constitution (not that it was a smart idea).

Alas, I can argue these points all day long but you'll just counter that "the supreme court has decided X & Y laws to be constitutional". My point is that just because the supreme court has ruled a law constitutional doesn't mean it actually is.

RE: One does wonder...
By theblackrabbit on 3/16/2012 11:28:40 AM , Rating: 3
Invite those same judges over to explain why the constitution had to be AMENDED to ban ALCOHOL, yet only took congress and Comrade Nixon to ban ANY OTHER SUBSTANCE.

P.S. - Conservatives: please stop using the word comrade, it just makes you look ignorant and silly.

RE: One does wonder...
By runutz on 3/16/2012 4:34:06 PM , Rating: 1
Soooo, it's ok for mindless twits such as yourself to use the word "comrade" then turn around and mention others shouldn't. Natch.

BTW. Marijuana (and many other drugs) were outlawed while Nixon was a child. If you care to illustrate your lack of knowledge on the subject further expect getting pwned again.

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