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#1 Hum

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 13:58

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Tacoma could soon be in real trouble over pot.

The department could be found in contempt if they continue to refuse to return a small amount of marijuana seized from a man after a traffic stop. Municipal Court Judge Jack Emery repeated an order to police Thursday to return the drug to Joseph L. Robertson within seven days or they could be found in contempt.

"Appeal or comply," Emery told assistant city attorney John Walker. "Or next week, show up, and I would advise you to bring counsel."

The judge first ordered police to return the drug on Feb. 28, but they have refused, The News Tribune reported Friday (http://bit.ly/10hwiD9 ).

It was seized in May of last year when an officer pulled over the Tacoma man for speeding. He was cited for driving without a license and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Prosecutors dismissed the drug charge in December, after state voters decided to legalize small amounts of the drug.

Robertson then asked for his pot back, and provided proof of medical marijuana authorization. The city refused, which led to Emery's Feb. 28 order. If the matter is not settled by the May 2 hearing, it could go to higher courts.

The pot is now in the possession of the Pierce County sheriff's department, which operates the property room for seized evidence. Deputies won't give it to Robertson.

"It's Tacoma's case," said sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer. "If they want it, they can come and get it."

Although the judge said he thinks "there's contemptuous behavior here," Emery added that the case was "a quagmire," due to the conflicting provisions of state and federal law.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 14:04

the cops probably smoked it thats why they cant give it back.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 14:18

the cops probably smoked it thats why they cant give it back.


Or sold it on. Police departments are short of money these days.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 21:54

traffic stop


What is this? How could he stop traffic? A strange term to describe a random pullover. Traffic means carss and vehicles on the road in transist. so to say "traffic stop" would mean to stop all those cars on the road.

You americans always have things to laugh about and confusions.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:31

the cops probably smoked it thats why they cant give it back.

Or sold it on. Police departments are short of money these days.


That's what I was thinking. It's probably long gone.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 18:10

What is this? How could he stop traffic? A strange term to describe a random pullover. Traffic means carss and vehicles on the road in transist. so to say "traffic stop" would mean to stop all those cars on the road.

You americans always have things to laugh about and confusions.


each car is a part of traffic, a cop pulling over a car is stopping part of that traffic, therefore it is a traffic stop due to the fact the police will not allow you to become part of the main flow of traffic until released, therefore your traffic is stopped..... remember traffic isn't a singleton, traffic is an aggregation of items moving in "traffic" to create a quantity of traffic.... each individual car is a part of traffic and a traffic stop doesn't mean traffic levels come to a 100% complete stop

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 19:37

But if your the only car on the road it does :D :rolleyes:

Politics in action dont ya love America

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 19:40

Now they need to buy it from the black market and give it in

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 19:48

Leave it to Neowin posters to dissect and analyze two words (traffic stop) and find a way to coin it as political.



But if your the only car on the road it does :D :rolleyes:

Politics in action dont ya love America



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 20:09

Reminds me of Super Troopers. Did it have the Johnny Chimpo logo?

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 21:27

Now they need to buy it from the black market and give it in


Or just delay the process long enough until they take it from someone else ;)

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 21:36

What is this? How could he stop traffic? A strange term to describe a random pullover. Traffic means carss and vehicles on the road in transist. so to say "traffic stop" would mean to stop all those cars on the road.

You americans always have things to laugh about and confusions.


Mate, do you watch any of those dumb yank shows on Fox 8? That's what they call them over there, always have. Where is over here, you get pulled over for a random roadside breath test.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 00:55

Leave it to Neowin posters to dissect and analyze two words (traffic stop) and find a way to coin it as political.


What can we say, we be good. :D