Mark Frauenfelder at 12:48 pm Wed, Jul 30, 2008
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The gentleman was arrested in a Fresno, California casino after he placed a bet with marijuana in a card game. He was arrested, even though he produced a "cannabis club" card purchased on the internet. (via Neatorama)
He was just adding to the pot.
Weed should be smoked not used as currency, much like babies… though you shouldn’t smoke babies.
Maybe he was anticipating the newly proposed law to abolish federal penalties for (small quantities) of pot had already passed?
(note: am I a dope or does the preview function remove your html tags? Sorry, I R not the most savvy w/ html, basic as it is)
Hang on. If the “cannabis club” card was so that he could purchase medicinal marijuana…
…and if he’s so desperate to gamble that he’s gambling pot…
…then he clearly has a gambling addiction, which is a recognized medical disorder…
…ergo the marijuana WAS medical…
…ergo that bet should be legal in California! Someone call the Gaming Commission on these shoddy casino operators!
Am I the only one with any sympathy with this guy?
He’s no criminal, he’s a martyr.
He simultaneously protested against the fake civility of casinos, and the absurdity of criminalizing marijuana. whether or not he did this intentionally is irrelevant. though, I bet he isn’t as stupid as that news story made him out to be.
Everyone sing together now…
I was trying to win at cards, but then I got high
I was going win back all the bud I lost, but then I got high…
Now I’m going to jail and I know why…
Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high
A couple buds of AA Sativa? must of been a no limit table.
I’m surprised the anchorboobs didn’t bring up the point that him offering the pot to other people is like offering vicodin to someone: even if you have a legal prescription, giving your drugs away is a no no.
I’m guessing that “ordered his card over the internet” part was bogus though. Why would he even need to?
And great point #16/Rayvox. The “fake civility of casinos” is very well put.
I see your Maui Wowee and raise you Purple Haze.
I think it was very cheeky of him to actually revoke part of the bet halfway through.
He’s either a genius or a fool.
What’s so hard to believe about his “got it over the Internet” story?
There have to be at least a few scams out there offering fake cards for thirty bucks and a picture of you. There may very well be legit cards that look similar to his card – but that doesn’t mean his card is legit.
I agree with #14; I have never heard of anyone obtaining a Club Card in CA over the internet – it’s just like any other prescription which requires at least a doctor’s visit or two as well as a somewhat hefty ($100+) copay.
It seems this article is looking to make this guy seem like more of a < pun>dope< /pun> than he is.
Well at least he didn’t talk to the cops.
I’m all in with BC Northern Lights and a Straight, King-High.
Dude, the Club Card is only good in the VIP Lounge.
Can I have some of those Oreos?
stupid? yes, definately.
a criminal? absolutely not.
fascism? you can bet your whole stash!
I see your weed and raise you LSD and some crack…
I’m I the only one who found the typo in the video? It flashed by so quickly!
High on his own supply I’d wager.
I also love the creepy “THE FORCE” video bumper this station is using.
It’s hard to tell from a blurry freeze-frame, but that card looks very much like the ones issued by the Patient ID Center (formerly OCBC) in Oakland. If it is, he didn’t get it through the Internet, he went to the PIDC in person with a signed doctor’s recommendation on the doctor’s letterhead, which the PIDC then verified by a phone call to the doctor. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as far as being a legitimate medical cannabis user.
But it’s still dumb to try to place a casino bet using weed. As High Times used to say, “Be stoner smart, not stoner stupid.”
@SE7A7N7 Purple Haze was “strained” out years ago. now days it’s just a myth like “camaro” or “mustang”
not that it’s not all a gamble but this gamble was simply sacrilege.
winners never quit, quitter never win and drug abuse is drug abuse…
Shane – good link. I recommend it to all.
Ha, Fresno’s my hometown…
Officer says “Club card? Do you get airline miles with that?”
NY Critical Mass Cop = bad
This cop = good… and funny
Once the dollar is worth confetti, this guy will seem ahead of his time.
I feel compelled to comment because I live here, but I have nothing to add to the conversation- save for stating that Bubba from “In the heat of the night” is our mayor.
That’s what I was thinking. I love the cops’ wry sense of humor here.
North of the bay, a LOT of off the grid types use weed as a medium of barter.
As much as I dearly love the southeast, the left coast makes a strong case for itself.
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