Now that Amsterdam has outlawed foreigners from going into their coffee shops, college students everywhere have to find another place in which to pretend they know the drug laws. It used to be that people said you could go there and just freely buy and smoke pot anywhere you wished, which wasn’t true even ten years ago.
But, whatever, it was fun to talk about.
“Guys, I totally heard you can smoke pot while riding a donkey in Kiev!”
And while some municipalities are decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, it probably isn’t the best protest or idea to smoke it freely in public because, well, cops totally enjoy enforcing current laws.
A man walked down the 1400 block of Liberty Street in Easton Friday night smoking what appeared to be – and smelled like – marijuana.
That attracted the attention of city police, who ended up chasing the man down Liberty Street and through yards before capturing him with a tackle and finding quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and a painkiller on him, court records say.
It is a gateway drug, after all, huh?
Patrolman Joseph Arredondo says in a criminal complaint that he was in plain clothes in an unmarked car with another officer around 8:15pm when they saw the suspect, Mark Aaron Howey, (FACEBOOK PROFILE) 30, of Phillipsburg walking down Liberty Street and through an open window smelled burning marijuana.
”Easton Police Stop,” Arredondo told Howey, who looked at the officer and began to slowly turn away.
While thinking, “Ooooooh snap.”
This time Arredondo yelled, “Easton Police STOP,” and Howey started running east on Liberty.
While thinking, “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH SNAP.”
Arredondo chased Howey on the sidewalk and saw the man’s hat and sunglasses fly off. He also saw Howey discard what is believed to be the marijuana cigarette.
While thinking, “Changing disguises!”
The officer issued “multiple verbal commands” for Howey to stop but he ignored them and ran into the roadway and down the middle of Liberty Street. He then crossed the roadway and ran through a yard. Arredondo tried to push him down on the grass, but instead he and Howey “stumbled” through the yard and continued running.
This is the best running marijuana smoker in history!
Howey ran across N. 14th Street into a front yard, but Arredondo was able to tackle him there. SOURCE: The Easton Patch
Kudos to the Easton police. Sure, they probably have a lot more serious things to deal with and someone will probably make that point, however, if you’re going to blatantly smoke pot in public and in front of a police officer, who was undercover, but still, don’t expect a lot of sympathy.
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