The Cannabis Question: Pot Possession Charges Cause Big Problems


The police officer stopped 18-year-old “Michael” as he pulled out of a central Wisconsin bowling alley one day in 1997, driving an old model Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue. “Where’s the pot?” asked the officer, who had been tipped off to Michael’s bag of marijuana. Michael handed over the eighth of an ounce of cannabis he was carrying — enough for  about seven joints — and the officer booked him for marijuana possession. The officer also asked where Michael worked.

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