(RawStory) An Easter morning craving turned into a cause for concern for the chief of police in Lawrenceville, Ohio, after the cake he ate turned out to be laced with cannabis oil.
“All I can describe is, it was the worst feeling in the world,” Mike Berkemeier told WBNS-TV on Friday. “I thought I was dying.”
Burkemeyer said he ate the entire cake on March 31 after seeing it on his kitchen counter. But when he began feeling ill, he told the station, he drove to his station for help.
“I don’t remember much of the drive here, even though it’s just a few blocks,” he said.
Medics from the local fire department took Burkemeyer to a hospital. Later, he said, his daughter told his fiancee about the cake’s “secret ingredient.” The cake was allegedly brought to the house by a friend’s boyfriend.
It was fascinating to see how the editors and cops portrayed the suspect to be a hardened criminal. And once they bust down his door and shoved guns in his face, he was pretty relaxed about it all considering. All that prep work(snooping around, helicopter costs, time spent) to bust down a few doors, rip up plants, and call it a day. Meanwhile the local meth dealer’s business continues to thrive.
The methods of investigation used by law enforcement seem a bit, well, unconstitutional. I didn’t clip it for copyright concerns, but the first 5 minutes of the show follow officers snooping around private citizen’s property looking for signs of grows. Literally walking up to windows and doors and listening inside. I’m sorry, but if any person does that – badge or not – they’re infringing on the right to personal privacy. How can we call our homes a sanctuary when we have law enforcement sitting outside our windows watching our every move.
Then of course, the correlation of firearms to criminal intent. Suddenly if a free American wants to exercise his right to bear arms, it means they’re a criminal. It’s absurd, as even the cops themselves emphasize how the growers are more vulnerable to home invasion/robbery. Why wouldn’t the growers want to arm themselves in defense?
It’s a crazy idea perpetuated by police and even ordinary people that we have to blame the victim of the crime. He’s growing cannabis ergo it’s his fault he was robbed – he should’ve known it was valuable and kept it safer somehow. They say the same when a woman gets raped. She shouldn’t have been dressed that slutty, she was asking for it, why did she walk down that dangerous neighborhood? Crimes shouldn’t be committed in the first place. It’s not my fault I have a nice car, why should I be blamed if some scumbag steals it?
I also didn’t show something incredibly troubling. The officers begin to search the grow room and find a scale, as well as stacks of brown paper bags. Deputy Destroy-Dank explained that the scale and bags were pieces of a puzzle that the police had to put together. Obviously, he was insinuating that owning a scale means you’re a drug dealer. Nevermind growers simply wanting to verify yields post harvest, possibly inform their designated patients of the quantity, or maybe they simply wish to weight out their doses. Most people internationally measure their recipes in weight, prompting the use of a scale. Sorry if I don’t measure my joints in teaspoons officer. And then there’s the mention of the brown paper bags. It shows complete ignorance on the cops part. Brown paper bags are used for curing nugs after harvest/trimming. They’re the cheapest and easiest way to get a great cure. And honestly, what drug dealer uses brown paper bags to transmit their goods? What are they, soccer moms?
This show is proving to be another perfect example of how local law enforcement have fallen into the enticing hands of prohibition, becoming cowboys against cannabis and criminals.
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A clip from The Union, one of the best cannabis documentaries out there.
I was re-watching The Union again today and this particular segment came up. In light of recent discussions in the ask box about decriminalization, I thought it’d be prudent to post this. This clip perfectly encapsulates the illogical nature of decriminalizing instead of simply legalizing it.
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This was right at the end of the third episode of Weed Country. I thought these three individuals personified the anti-cannabis movement pretty well.
The woman that speaks first throws me when she states that they ‘put their lives on the line’ not to keep people safer, not to eradicate these illegal crops, not to uphold the law on federal property — it’s the meaning behind the plant. This is a very key thing that slips past people’s radars. When Marc Emery was extradited to the US for selling cannabis seeds (something legal in his own country – Canada), they said he was arrested for using his money to fund pro-cannabis legalization efforts. The people fighting this Drug War aren’t fighting to protect the people, they’re fighting this plant’s freedom.
The second guy really solidifies the argument you hear from countless DEA members, cops, and guys like these federal forest protectors. “That’s marijuana that’s not gonna get out there and maybe get someone hooked on marijuana or other drugs, someone’s gonna smoke before they get behind the wheel of a car and go kill someone.” Right away he opens his argument with not only the gateway theory, which has been disproved (alcohol has been proven to be more of a “gateway” – but the real gateways are drug dealers), but he also claims that cannabis is addictive. Again, studies show that cannabis has no physically addicting properties — unlike alcohol and cigarettes which are currently legal (or any countless prescription drugs). Then he goes on to claim that cannabis is a cause in car accidents, when there’s no evidence that conclusively shows that cannabis is impairing in a motor vehicle. Studies claim that drugs are the second leading cause of accidents behind drunk driving, lumping in cannabis into the lot with prescription pills, sleeping pills, and even hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. You cannot equate the effects of heroin to cannabis. So the premise of this man’s whole career is comprised entirely of prohibition propaganda. It’d be fine if he was just doing his job for the money, but this man does his job with a mission: to eradicate the evil marijuana plant. Nevermind alcohol, which kills more people each year than pot ever has in it’s existence. Why isn’t he breaking down the doors of liquor and tobacco stores? He could be saving lives with every bottle of liquor he destroys.
And the final man isn’t really worth commenting on. It’s just an example of the bravado and mentality these people carry. It’s truly a drug war, and to them they’re winning or losing.
It’s really a shame to see people dedicating their lives to ideals rooted in falsehoods. But I honestly couldn’t give less of a fuck if these people lost their job due to cannabis being legalized. Serves you right for following blindly.
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