Nothing beats kicking back in the front yard, jamming out and enjoying an innocent toke — except when you forget that marijuana is still illegal in your state, and find yourself in the back of a squad car instead of high on cloud nine.
That’s what happened to Lon Victor Post, 54, last Wednesday. The Golden Valley, Arizona, man was arrested after police responded to a report of an intoxicated man playing loud music late at night, and discovered Post lounging near his car in a haze of marijuana smoke.
Thinking he had nothing to hide, Post readily admitted to the baggie of pot sticking out of his shirt pocket, even pulling it out to give the police officers a closer look. When the officers moved to arrest him, Post resisted, jerking away twice and posturing aggressively before being Tased. Once in custody, Post asked why he was being detained and was shocked to learn that marijuana is not, in fact, legal in Arizona.
Post can’t be entirely faulted for his mistake — after all, Arizona was one of five states to vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana in the November 2016 elections, and every other state with weed on the ballot —including Arizona’s neighbors California and Nevada — approved legalization. (And as of February 1, 2017, adults can legally light up in eight states and Washington, D.C.) Unfortunately for Post, who evidently isn’t much of a news junkie, Arizona’s Prop 205 was rejected by a slim margin, leaving possession of any amount of marijuana without medical authorization a felony crime in the state.
Although even where recreational marijuana is permitted, the law still frowns upon smoking it openly in your front yard in the middle of the night. Post was booked on charges of resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia — all felonies.
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