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 12:45:03 PM
In reality it all depends on what you consider right and just or not. You don't have a problem with what he was doing so therefore it is unjust and you don't like it. To prove you're correct you'll state a bunch of facts and figures to back your statements. In response, those that don't agree with you and/or don't like what he potentially was doing will also do the same: state a bunch of facts and figures to counter yours. Bottom line is: the town is near a border, there was a higher awareness due to an event occurring in the state so extra measures were put in place to help deter the influx of illegal substances coming into the state. Whether or not the substances should be illegal is irrelevant at this point because they are, pure and simple. If the checkpoint had been setup to try to impede something else that you have no problem considering illegal we wouldn't hear a thing from you, even if what it is shouldn't be illegal either. If you want something changed complaining about it in an open forum is nothing more than throwing a tantrum in a store because mommy wouldn't buy you that toy. If you want it, go and get it. Get signatures, get letters, get backup with actual clout that can make an impact. Basically, if you want it changed, put up or shut up.
RE: One does wonder...
3/16/2012 8:17:32 PM
Actually, I would protest any unreasonable search. I'm kind of offended you think I'm in it because Marijuana is some sort of cause celebre to me and not on the general legal principle. You seem to think you know me and my values, but you don't.
RE: One does wonder...
3/17/2012 3:56:21 PM
It's a reasonable search. That's the point. You're throwing a fit over a reasonable search. The reasons why they're reasonable and NECESSARY have already been stated.
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