Go to Wikipedia and look at the fourth primary school of thought on the subject. I think I’m using the word in the right context.

So we’ll start off with this kid that got caught peddling some cannabis. He sold a quarter pound to a snitch. As is common, the kid (25-year-old) sort of (Sort of? Heh) threw himself on the mercy of the court;  Nevada Judge Gamble’s District Court. Matthew’s (the kid) attorney said that the arrest and drug abuse treatment convinced his client he had a drug problem. Matthew said that alcohol and cannabis were gateway drugs that led to harder stuff.

No, I’m not going to start freaking out yet. If Matt thinks that, then okay… I guess. I’m not Matt, are you? Frankly, I think the kid is pulling some sort of show to keep his young ass out of a Nevada jail but, I’ll digress.

Imagine you’ve gone to the circus. You’re under the big top and the spot light has just come on. Got your popcorn?

Matt says he grew the cannabis he was peddling. He says he has an authorization from the State of California for medicinal use. He used records from his chiropractor to give evidence of his need: back pain. (California is rather loose in their requirements) Matt told the judge he didn’t obtain the authorization for medicinal use at all, but recreational.

I can’t help but wonder if the judge and Matt’s attorney golf together. I mean, holy smokes, man! Is this kid really this screwed up? Is his attorney just as? At this point this whole “Come to Jesus” thing (it’s a colloquialism, don’t freak) seems to be getting a little out of hand. But then, again, I’m not Matt and neither are you.

The Ring Master has stepped into the light.

As part of Matt’s penance the Judge ordered Matt to relinquish his medicinal standing. That sounds fair, right? The kid already admitted… He also told young Matthew to submit a paper discussing how the young man had come to the realization that cannabis was a gateway drug. Further, the Judge was quoted as calling California’s medicinal cannabis law(s) nonsensical.

Is anyone sitting there with their mouth agape?

I can’t decide at this point whether the clown car has pulled into the ring or that guy is about to leap from 100 feet into the kiddie pool. A circus by any other name…



  1. Dan Jacobs said,

    August 26, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Well, is a CA medical MJ card valid in NV? I guess that may be the bottom line here IRT the card.

  2. capndrift said,

    August 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    There are only four states that honor other’s paperwork. Nevada ain’t one of ’em. Matthew will be reporting to, and pissing in a bottle, in Sacramento. That’s sort of beside the point, Dan. The kid done said he wasn’t growing for medicinal purposes. Even if he was, peddling is a no-no.

    My whole rant was about the judge’s statement regarding California’s laws. Why would a Nevada judge give an opinion (in court) about another state’s laws?

    And in calling another state’s medicinal cannabis laws nonsensical was he making a public statement about his opinion on the subject in general? Is it okay if a judge does that or does that make us wonder about his honor’s bias?

    Matthew’s statements about alcohol and cannabis being gateway drugs aside, was his honor proper in requiring the young man to write a dissertation on the subject? Is that further evidence of bias?

    It’s been all but proven the gateway thing is a crock. For the general population at least. Individuals are just that though. Everybody’s a bit different. Mayhap in Matt’s case… I dunno.

    I simply saw the whole deal as a circus. The young man, his attorney, and his honor all being the stars of the show. It looks to me like the kid did everything but give his honor a nobber right there in the court room. His attorney appeared to be doing everything but holding the judge’s robe out of the way. And the judge himself spouts some sort of pious B.S. while getting his rocks off.

    Okay, maybe I -am- going a little over the (big) top. Here, check out the story yourself.


    Now read it again. Slower.

    That doesn’t have the aroma of elephant crap to you? I suppose as long as the threesome are all happy with the outcome… Consenting adults and all’a that.

    Dan, the kid should have been charged with sales- made a plea. As in most drug crimes “rehab” is always on the table. Okay, so be it. The gavel falls. Done deal. No opinions. No dissertations…

    C’mon. After reading the article does this appear to be a normal court proceeding to you?

    I don’t know. I’ve been a little “off” today. Maybe I’m trippin’. (shrug).

  3. Dan said,

    August 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Whatever the judge said about another state’s program is really pretty irrelevant. It won’t effect anything, even though it is pretty lame to voice a legal opinion like that one for a judge. The kid wanted to try to get out of the deal with as light a sentence as possible, and he had a lot of help to do that. Won’t be the first time, won’t be the last time that happens in court. Its almost much ado about nothing.

  4. capndrift said,

    August 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    You know, Dan, I might have to lean towards agreeing with you. What keeps me from falling all of the way is my anti-prohibitionist sorta-activism.

    It could very well be that I just went trolling the intertubes for something to tirade about and found that particular article.

    Could be I’ve just been dying to use the word “jurisprudence” in it’s most abstract definition, too.

    Then again, it could be that a judge requiring a defendant to write a paper on cannabis being a gateway drug, as part of the plea agreement, pisses me off.

    I suppose I should get out more, eh?

  5. Dan said,

    August 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Jeez, man, you’re okay, maybe just a little hyper-sensitive about this kind of thing, but we ask got our buttons that get pushed every now and then. Sucks to be normal, eh?

    The kid didn’t really have to do anything, and the book would have been thrown at him, or not. We won’t really know now.

  6. capndrift said,

    August 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Dammit, Dan… C’mon, man.
    Let me have the last word on this, will ya’?!


    (a smiley ((with a wink)) goes here)

  7. Dan Jacobs said,

    August 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Ok, go right ahead. 😛

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