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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Man Hides 800 Pounds of Weed in Cantaloupes

Richard Coulton of Orlando got popped on I-75 for hauling 800 pounds of marijuana this past weekend. But his arrest adds to the wonderful ways people have, over the years, hidden pot they were transporting. Mr. Coulton chose to smuggle the weed inside cantaloupes.

Yes, we have seen weed hidden in gas tanks and hulls of boats and every which way possible. One day, we will just see it sanely growing in limited amounts on people's porches, and we will not have to hide it in jungles, grow it secretly in backyards, or hydroponically concealed in garages. One day, weed will be freed. And just this week, America's first medical marijuana cafe opened in Portland, Oregon. Jokes on David Letterman about it, but there, in that Western city you smoke a joint in a cafe and go home. In Florida, you can go to jail.

Let's face it, drugs are always being concealed somewhere somehow, and not just pot. A few months ago, the Mexican navy discovered more than a ton of cocaine stuffed into the bellies of frozen sharks. The Herald reports that a man in Phoenix was charged with stashing meth in his 2-year-old son's diaper, and one Michigan baby's gift from grandma was a little extra junk in the trunk during a bust.

Submarines? Everybody's doing it. In fact, after a sub carrying 10 tons of cocaine was intercepted off the coast of Guatemala, officials estimated that one-third of all cocaine entering the U.S. from South America arrives in a makeshift Red October.

Statues of Jesus made of drugs mixed with plaster- that was last year. Growing next door to a police station, that happened last week just outside of California. Cops on a cigarette break stumbled upon a growhouse with 85 plants. .

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

1 comment:

  1. Nearly three-quarters-of-a-century after it was made illegal; half-a-century after it was proven to be practically harmless - why is it still a crime to possess and smoke marijuana?

    Here is a list of ten famous people who died as a result of nicotine abuse:

    Humphrey Bogart
    Edward R. Murrow
    Nat King Cole
    George Harrison
    John Huston
    Noel Coward
    Betty Grable
    Walt Disney
    Gary Cooper
    Peter Jennings

    Here is another list. Ten famous people who died from alcoholism:

    Billie Holiday
    Jack Kerouac
    Truman Capote
    Lorenz Hart
    Veronica Lake
    Bix Beiderbecke
    Montgomery Clift
    Dylan Thomas
    John Barrymore
    Errol Flynn

    Now I'm going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass.

    Go on, I'm waiting. Is it a "gateway drug" as they never tire of reminding us? Yeah, it probably is. But so is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Let's get a grip here.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY