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 11:15:01 PM
Perhaps you should have your rights violated while Internet jackasses defend those responsible.
RE: One does wonder...
3/16/2012 12:08:01 AM
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...
3/16/2012 10:34:16 AM
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.
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