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...
3/16/2012 11:30:21 AM
And cases can still be built when breathalyzers are refused. How about: Driving behavior, sobriety tests, objective physical symptoms.
RE: One does wonder...
3/16/2012 12:34:53 PM
No, I don't have to try again. Medically speaking, you can measure the exact amount of BAC. Breathalyzers are deemed "accurate enough" to use in the field. I never said nor implied that any or all of the tests are 100% accurate; so my initial statement is still correct.
RE: One does wonder...
3/16/2012 2:06:18 PM
"Marijuana cannot be tested against a standard of sobriety since everyone handles it differently. Some people trip balls when they smoke; are you alluding that they can also drive safely?"
Replace Marijuana with alcohol, do you see my point? The statement in quotes is just you making a random comment. All people handle all drugs differently (ADHD meds, anxiety meds, on and on). Some people can drive fine on a higher BAC than others (daily drinkers vs casual drinkers). Some people get tweeked out from ADHD meds, some relax and focus.
You then said, "The bottom line is that there are accurate measurements for blood alcohol concentration in connection with impairment. There are no such measurements with marijuana."
-Okay, imagine for a moment there is no such thing as a breathalyzer: what would we do? Ban alcohol? Ban all driving with any alcohol in the system? The law would probably remain mostly the same. The case would be built on all the other evidence. DUI would still exist, but in more shades of gray.
Then I see this: "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."
So what is your stance exactly anyway? Do you want MJ legal but illegal to be driving with even if it is just trace amounts that would show up on a drug test? I am confused on your exact position. I was just pointing out (what I believe) to be flaws in your comparisons between DUI/alcohol and DWI/other drugs. You don't have to have a statistical line in the sand...
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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