The Sheriff of Richland County, South Carolina is vowing that if his investigation determines that Michael Phelps was smoking pot, then he will bring charges against him.
Um...Isn't that the DA's call, and not his? I am neither a lawyer nor a criminal so I have no special knowledge of due process, but I was paying attention in civics class. The way I understand it, the Sheriff investigates at the DAs behest, and if sufficient evidence is collected to bring charges, then the DA has to get a warrant from a judge and/or an indictment from a grand jury.
It ain't up to Roscoe P. Coltrain.
And even if a warrant was issued, unless he can test that picture for residue and prove beyond all doubt that it was marijuana in that bong at that very moment, then any second-year law student could get the case tossed.
What is he? Envious that everyone knows Joe Arpaio's name and he wants you to know his, too? Even tho the only reason he is known at all outside Arizona is because he is a douchebag?
Fine. This douchebag has a name, too. It is Leon Lott. Spread the word. In a mocking tone.
And for fucks sake...lighten up on marijuana. It's a freakin' weed that grows wild every damned where. Not only that, it is a utilitarian weed, one that can be cultivated and every part of the plant used. Just for starters: the seeds can be pressed for oil, the leaves and buds can be smoked or tinctured and used medicinally, the fibers of the stalks can be used for paper and extremely durable fabric...and the list goes on.
Out here in the real world, where real people live their lives and stuff, we want you idiots to knock it off and stop wasting our money on wrecking the lives of people who are just doing what people have done since time immemorial...copping a buzz. If you have ever smoked a joint, you know it's no big deal. If you haven't, why don't you give it a whirl, see what all the fuss is about, and then get back to me.
In other words, get over this prohibition lunacy and make a buck off it already.
Ten million college students can't be wrong.