Pot Charges Dropped Against Lincecum

Washington prosecutors drop pot charges against Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum:

Prosecutors in Clark County, Wash., and Tim Lincecum have reached an agreement in which the pitcher will pay a $250 fine relating to his possession of a marijuana pipe with the drug possession charge being dropped. Lincecum also must pay a $122 fine for speeding.

[. . .] "Any Joe Blow would get (this deal)," [Clark county prosecutor Grant] Hansen said. "The way we see it, we can do something to him or we can do something for him. If we can give him a little leniency the first time, in my opinion, it goes further for being law-compliant in the future than if we kick him in the teeth."

Lincecum was cited by the Washington State Patrol for possessing 3.3 grams of marijuana and the pipe, both misdemeanors, during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 one week ago.

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    Stay tuned re suspected perp's future (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:11:48 PM EST
    compliance w/the law.  

    PS  The philosphy of this site is to legalize mj. The pitcher should never have been arrested to begin with.

    I don't doubt Hansen... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:19:05 PM EST
    I'm sure anybody woulda got that deal...I got a similar deal.

    Which raises the question...why do we go through this charade?  

    And I didn't know "Joe Blow" was an expression used in Washington, thought it was a NY thing.

    Seems like (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Steve M on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:22:13 PM EST
    maybe not the best expression to use when the topic is drug crimes!

    Don't people who ingest controlled (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by oculus on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:29:25 PM EST
    substances suck?

    No.... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:31:26 PM EST
    prohibitionists suck:)

    Quotes from the movie "Blow": (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:56:03 PM EST

    Judge: George Jung, you stand accused of possession of six hundred and sixty pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute. How do you plead?
    George: Your honor, I'd like to say a few words to the court if I may.
    Judge: Well, you're gonna have to stop slouching and stand up to address this court, sir.
    George: [stands] Alright. Well, in all honesty, I don't feel that what I've done is a crime. And I think it's illogical and irresponsible for you to sentence me to prison. Because, when you think about it, what did I really do? I crossed an imaginary line with a bunch of plants. I mean, you say I'm an outlaw, you say I'm a thief, but where's the Christmas dinner for the people on relief? Huh? You say you're looking for someone who's never weak but always strong, to gather flowers constantly whether you are right or wrong, someone to open each and every door, but it ain't me, babe, huh? No, no, no, it ain't me, babe. It ain't me you're looking for, babe. You follow?
    Judge: Yeah... Gosh, you know, your concepts are really interesting, Mister Jung.
    George: Thank you.
    Judge: Unfortunately for you, the line you crossed was real and the plants you brought with you were illegal, so your bail is twenty thousand dollars.

    Great movie.... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 03:00:19 PM EST
    great scene....often quoted in my household.

    "Don't be such a hypocrite, I quit smoking didn't I?

    "Geoooorge, explain lay-away to your father".
    "Lay-away Pop"

    "What you need El Pedroni...is an Americano with balls."


    Didn't see it but enjoyed the quotes. (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 03:06:43 PM EST
    You gotta check it out... (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 03:14:21 PM EST
    I mean its even got Pee Wee Herman and Bobcat Goldthwait!

    LOL... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:35:48 PM EST
    I wonder if thats how the expression started...some guy named Joe who sold blow was the most popular guy in town:)

    Off to the urban dictionary!  Damn, no luck...can't find origin info, only definition.


    Used in the Midwest too (none / 0) (#3)
    by jbindc on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:20:12 PM EST
    "why do we go through this charade?" (none / 0) (#5)
    by Yes2Truth on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:29:21 PM EST

    "WE" don't.  THEY do.  And, why do they?  Lots of
    reasons, but this kind of thing has gone on for so
    long now that the power of all of the special interests who benefit/profit from the War on Drug Users is such that it's extremely unlikely that much, if anything will change anytime soon.

    MOST drug busts are for MJ.  Therefore, you don't have to be the most politically savvy person on the internets to understand that it's actually more likely that coke, smack etc. will be legalized before the Biggest cash cow producing herb is.

    How many special interests can you list who benefit and profit from the War on Drug Users?


    Widely used - (none / 0) (#8)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:32:00 PM EST
    Where does the expression Joe Blow come from?
    In: Humor and Amusement Corner, Name Origins [Edit categories]  

    John Doe, who was tired of every Tom, Dick and Harry using his name to refer to someone else who's name couldn't be recalled.



    calculate the cost of the fine (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jlvngstn on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 03:01:27 PM EST
    minus court costs and I bet there is a profit.  Of course there would be more profit if it were more like a parking ticket.  Give the police the authority to "ticket" it and save ourselves the cost of incarceration/detention, court costs et al.

    I would gladly pay a "ticket" if I was pinched for pot when compared with the current finger printing, detention, lawyer fees, court costs and lost wages having to appear.

    Ideally I would like it legal but I can meet in the middle and the states/cities/municipalities would generate more profit....


    For sure... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 03:04:54 PM EST
    a ticket beats an arrest...if my people can't have freedom.

    I tell ya, for a substance the NIH says f*cks up your life, there sure are a lot of people who use it making the most out of life.


    because they can. (none / 0) (#9)
    by cpinva on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:35:03 PM EST
    Which raises the question...why do we go through this charade?

    it's just one more way of wielding power over you, keeping you in line boy.

    That was... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 02:54:03 PM EST
    Ayn Rand's take...

    There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

    not any joe blow would get this deal (none / 0) (#18)
    by The Last Whimzy on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 02:00:21 AM EST
    i've been in the same situation and I did not get the same deal.

    i'm glad they protected timmy from the harsh realities of the justice system.

    timmy deserves it.

    he's famous person.