Michael Phelps Faces Possible Prosecution for Bong Hit

I swear, if you give these drug war idiots enough rope…

Authorities will file criminal charges if the investigation determines that they are warranted, a spokesman said Tuesday.

"If someone breaks the law in Richland County, we have an obligation as law enforcement to investigate and to bring charges," Sheriff Leon Lott said in a statement.

"The Richland County Sheriff's Department is making an effort to determine if Mr. Phelps broke the law. If he did, he will be charged in the same manner as anyone else. The sheriff has a responsibility to be fair, to enforce the law and to not turn a blind eye because someone is a celebrity." [CNN]

Yeah, right. Because I’m so sure that if a picture of some random dude taking a bong hit showed up on the sheriff’s desk, he’d put his best detectives on the case immediately. The rank stupidity of this was summed up nicely by Whoopi Goldberg of all people:

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is turning Michael Phelps into her own personal crusade: This morning on The View, she started hammering away at the alleged-bong-hitting Olympic star for his "illegal action," saying his example "takes the wind out of any mom trying to teach her children" good values.

"If he wasn't  Michael Phelps, wouldn't he be in jail?" she added.
"No," said Whoopi Goldberg, "because [if he wasn't Phelps], his picture wouldn't have been in the newspapers!"

As if the ritualistic public shaming of Michael Phelps weren’t sufficiently and self-evidently brainless to begin with, we must now watch in complete bewilderment as law-enforcement willfully exposes its arbitrary application of our drug laws. Putting aside my sympathy for Phelps, it’s more than a little delightful to observe such a public exhibit in the frivolity of marijuana enforcement.

They can’t prove anything and they know it, thus this is really just another pitifully ill-conceived attention grab by a frustrated sheriff who can’t stand not being at the center of a story unfolding in his backyard. Seldom has the war on drugs produced a more ironic moment than when the healthiest person on the planet is targeted for taking one bong hit.
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Speedo's also were asses in their handling of this non-story but who the hell really wears those things?

I could not care less about sports

or the pedophiliac like spectacle of the Olympics. But the way this story is turning into a classic puritans witch burning party is obscene. Intolerance gone wild.

Another example

of how marijuana causes its users to become useless. If he wasn't a lazy pot smoker, that kid could probably make something of himself.

Most of this fanfare is good. The above story puts forth the question; what should become of those who use marijuana?

An increasing number of famous people have been coming out of the pot closet in recent years, and more are now coming out in support of Mr. Phelps. The ridiculous waste of police resources is underlined by the story above. Talk shows are talking about marijuana, and the involvement of young Mr. Phelps keeps people from using terms like "slacker".

More and more we are seeing the opposition reduced to arguing only that drugs are "wrong", and "illegal", and fail miserably when asked, "Why?" They say they're, "afraid of sending the wrong message to kids"; the message being that drugs are not so bad, after all.

We need to remind people that because this particular incident involves Phelps, the whole world will be watching. Everyone will soon see where we stand on marijuana, and how (or if) in the US we have equal protection under the law. In that regard the time has come to either hit the bong or pass it.

message to the children?!

I submit they are the ones sending bad messages to the children

It sort of goes like this:

Watch, as mommy and daddy's generation has refused to see any reason to change the way the drug war is fought. We know you can get all the drugs you want at school Easier, than you can even buy alcohol and cigarettes, in fact! And, we, actually, support those drug dealers, unwittingly. Because, we think that our, failed, acts of prohibition, having just the opposite effect of the intent, need to be continued. Kids, just forget about your friends that died because, deadly, "cheese" was sold to you, right on the school grounds! We think that fighting the drug war, and not making those drugs legal, is really hurting the dealers, more than you. Sadly, we deny that prohibition is the best way to make sure the drug cartels and terrorist groups are making big money. (We lie) Even though, that, same, money can be used to hurt you, our children, we concern ourselves with other peoples' choices, to the point of cutting off our own noses to spite our face! Mommy and daddy care so much, we want to continue letting you be exposed to more drugs, instead of less. We know they can't even keep drugs out of prisons. But, we know we can do better at preventing them from getting to you at school!

Then, as long as the drugs are illegal, we don't have to care about telling you the real reasons you should not put dangerous chemicals in your body, including alcohol! We can continue to let you learn from the drug dealers that all drugs are good! And you don't have to learn those nasty facts that things like cocaine have killed some people the first time they used them. Or that the risk you take with some drugs is so much more dangerous than others. You don't have to hear anything from us about drugs, at all. Because, the government has kept us all safe from the latest drug scourge !

The kids could be getting a completely different message!

WOW

Lets all send a photo to the sheriff of our MILKY BONG RIPS.

Already Ahead of the Game

[email protected]

dateTue, Feb 3, 2009 at 9:35 PM
subjectPhelps
mailed-bygmail.com

Congratulations on your Public Relations fiasco that you have created. The Law , sufficient evidence, and a time and location stamped video, things that are not on your side.
I believe that you are an attention seeker and perhaps think that this fiasco that you have created will perhaps generate a larger budget next year, maybe just maybe you will get some of them 'Federal Dollas'. Ham up the tv time that you get, it's your only shot at your 15 mins of shame.

Now, back to work on that WAR ON FLOWERS that is destroying this nation.

Robert Hutton

These are my opinions, I think, no--, I know I still have the RIGHT to express them.

**When do people quit Talking shit and start DOING shit?**

Already Ahead of the Game

[email protected]

dateTue, Feb 3, 2009 at 9:35 PM
subjectPhelps
mailed-bygmail.com

Congratulations on your Public Relations fiasco that you have created. The Law , sufficient evidence, and a time and location stamped video, things that are not on your side.
I believe that you are an attention seeker and perhaps think that this fiasco that you have created will perhaps generate a larger budget next year, maybe just maybe you will get some of them 'Federal Dollas'. Ham up the tv time that you get, it's your only shot at your 15 mins of shame.

Now, back to work on that WAR ON FLOWERS that is destroying this nation.

Robert Hutton

These are my opinions, I think, no--, I know I still have the RIGHT to express them.

**When do people quit Talking shit and start DOING shit?**

Phelps follies

Someone put a gun to this man's head and arrest him for smoking an herb! Who cares if he is the World's Greatest Olympic Athlete EVER! We have to send kids the right message. That message is to only use legal substances(Alcohol Tobacco Prescriptions) as Lady Liberty intended. Lets also start arresting adults who drink or engage in sexual practices so kids understand it is wrong for minors. Hell we might even need to just treat everybody like little kids and tell them what they can or can't put in their mouths. That way parents won't be burdened with the responsibility of raising their own kids properly in a world with such difficult choices. Signed Marijuana (The Green Satan) KILLS!!!

Gateway drug studies!!

OH MY!
It does not bode well for young Phelps!
I have read all the government studies and by my calculations he should now be in some strangers garage collapsed into a fetal position. He will of course be pulling his hair out in small clumps, studying each intently...wait, he's bald isn't he? But I am sure he is in a sad shape hoping and wondering where his next fix will come from. For you see, there is a war on drug's. That means he will eventually need to abandon the safety of the garage to make it to that smart ass kid's house down the street, he always loads it down with extra stems for the weight, Phelps will, by now, hate it when he gets dirty bags of weed.
STAY AWAY FROM THE GATEWAY!! DO NOT GO TOWARD THE GATEWAY!!

Kellogg's

Kellogg's just dropped Phelps.
I no longer purchase Kellogg's products.

I recently posted this message at Reuter's site

Some confusion here...not unexpected. Kellogg has responded to the use of marijuana with typical authoritarian knee-jerk behavior. What they fail to realize, and this is affirmed by some of the preceding posts, is that the cannabis controversy is not about a drug. It is about money, and power. So many people get caught up in the debate about the harmful effects of pot versus alcohol and other substances that they lose sight of the real issue here. The Powers that Be use marijuana as a 'gateway' drug. The gate is the user's front door, or possibly a window at three o'clock in the morning. The odor of pot is a handy excuse to wear body armor and masks, sport a badge and kick in the entryway. This 'drug' is innocuous, yet curiously testable for a month with a urine sample. Alcohol on the other hand returns a negative response after about seventy-two hours. For more facts (and fiction), go to www.drcnet.org. This is the premier site on the internet for unbiased information about drugs and their culture.
It's a real shame...I liked their cereals. Now I too will boycott them.

Kelloggs??

Kelloggs is munchies type matter. They are shooting themselves in the foot. GO GENERAL MILLS!!!! J. Velasco

Confusing. Why is it that

Confusing.

Why is it that once you have been deemed someone to be looked up to or a hero or role model or whatever,
you are no longer suppose to be the person that you are?

You should now step out of your persona and become a cardboard cutout of some committee's ideal version of a persona.

And you don't even get to be on the committee.

That suck's

Kellog's

Who eats cereal to cure the munchies anyway?? I'm sure glad no pizza place dropped him. Maybe he could pick up a few endorsements from Hershey's or whomever.

Unreasonable

Marijuana use is very common among white collar professionals including lawyers, professors, bankers. Even Obama and Clinton have admitted to using it. People just dont talk about it for fear of persecution.
It is unreasonable to treat it any different than alcohol. It's no better or worse. You dont drink and drive and the same rule applies to marijuana.
Has anyone ever heard of someone overdosing on pot? The irony is that you can actually overdose on many over the counter medications that are readily available to anyone. How dumb is that?

OVERDOSE!!!

Acetaminophen kills, by destroying the liver after toxic overdoses. The other drugs, like NSAIDS (in regular doses) kill three times as many as compared to those that, accidentally, or intentionally, die from narcotic overdose.

Not heard of overdosing on alcohol? One or two college kids die, every year, as the result of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning. It is another example of how hypocritical the alcohol elitists are! No deaths for THC and loads of them, from ETOH? There is NO comparison! Yet, they continue to rant about the "potheads". It is too bad that many cannabis users are afraid to be found out, because of their high ranking position in society. I think, personally , it is the more sensible intoxicant,as long as you don't get busted!

The restrictions don't make any sense at all. Hypocrisy at its best!

Michael Phelps' use of marijuana

The huge public engagement in this issue demonstrates the rapidly growing number of individuals that are recognizing the critical need for marijuana/drug law reform. The still escalating drug problems that plague governments and societies are, once again, clear evidence and judgment that prohibition hasn’t fared any better regarding the control of drugs than it did with the control of alcohol during its’ period of prohibition. Marijuana has never caused a death due to health concerns (we can’t even make that claim about our over the counter meds), approximately half of all Americans have used it, and estimates are that there are at least 25 million regular users. Note that some of the individuals are using marijuana for symptom relief, whether or not medical marijuana is legal in their state of residence. Further note that symptom relief could also include stress relief and relaxation, much like would be achieved by drinking alcohol, which is the obvious reason Mr. Phelps indulged. When compared to other drugs, even those which are legal, such as alcohol and tobacco, marijuana has been repeatedly proven by medicine and science to be relatively safe to use. History verifies that the initial prohibition enacted against marijuana was done so by the fabrication of horrors associated with its’ use, in an attempt to cover up the real reasons, which were political, not medical. The verdict rendered by all panels gathered or charged to study the issue, including the last major government ordered assessment, by President Nixon in 1972. Called the Schaefer Commission, these hand picked conservatives discovered the same thing that countless other past panels have; marijuana is just not that bad. The Schaefer Commission went on to recommend the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, in the interest of effecting harm reduction. This was also the intent of President Carter when he indicated (paraphrase) that the penalties for marijuana use should not exceed the dangers caused by the use of the drug itself. It’s taken over 3 decades, but society is now recognizing that this is exactly what’s been happening, as our prisons and court system are overcrowded with drug offenders, most of them for marijuana use, and most of that segment for personal use only, possessing less than an ounce, a largely non-violent offense. While the larger and more serious problems including deadly violence with drugs just continue to get worse. However, the upside is that it helps keep the Corrections Dept. in business. Hopefully the “friend” of Mr. Phelps that sold him out and made sure the world saw that photo got enough money for it. The greater favor this individual did for America was to once again, help raise the issue of the absolute necessity for marijuana law reform. For Mr. Phelps to have to be dealing with this issue is ridiculous. Even most, if not all of our past Presidents have used marijuana, of course with no ill effects. If we allow the unfair and failed law prohibiting the use of marijuana to take down Mr. Phelps, the government wins again. Come ON, America. Speak up. Help make sure this train keeps rolling. The status quo has proven useless, and common sense drug law reform is the solution. We just have to help the government realize, acknowledge, and finally act on this.

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Support drugs in school.

Drugs are not the problem, the war on drugs, is the problem.
If I had to stand outside a liquor store and ask someone who looked "cool" to buy me some pot, I would have smoked a lot less, but since it's availability at school was so abundant thanks to the "war on drugs", I didn't have to go through the unpleasantness of bugging someone else. Oh yeah, not only pot, but everything else.
This whole thing cracks me up, the governments resort to terrorist tactics, in desperation. Is it really that big of a deal to admit 30+ years of complete and utter failure. As opposed to reducing itself to carrying out terrorist acts on it's own people.
This is a government that has severe morality issues, it's time to look into dismantling this tyrannous regime and restore order to this nation. It's obvious this government causes more harm to this nation, than good, this has to stop now. People must be held accountable, no more "immunity" for the government hit men, no more government terrorism. It will never work, because when everybody is in jail, who's gonna pay for it all, tax revenue's will be in the dumper, the cost of housing inmates has to come from somewhere.

2 THUMBS UP FOR : M. PHELPS , POTHEADS ARE WINNWERS !

GOOD ON MICHAEL PHELPS FOR CHOOSING POT FOR ENJOYMENT AND RELAXATION . ANYONE LIVING UNDER PRESSURE AND IN THE PUBLIC EYE NEEDS SOMETHING - ONE OF THE SAFEST AND NATURAL BENEFICIAL HERBS GROWING FREE FOR ALL TO FREE YOUR HEAD . OUTLAW CRAP ON TV - NOT POT . SO MANY LIES AND DECEPTIONS ON THE BOX - NOT IN POT ! TO THE "RULING ELITE" I SAY ; YOU CAN FOOL MOST OF THE PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME ( SHEEP MENTALITY ) , BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME
( RATBAG FACTOR ) .POTSMOKERS HAVE BETTER LATERAL THINKING ABILITY AND MANY OTHER BENEFITS . SO POT HEADS ARE MORE LIKELY TO STAND THEIR TURF ,THINK DIFFERENTLY AND ARE HARDER TO BRAINWASH AND CONTROL.POT IS GOOD FOR PEACE AND MANY EARTHFRIENDLY PRODUCTS ,GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE . ONLY PEOPLE POWER WILL BRING LIBERTY AND REFORM OF OUTDATED AND SICK LAWS SERVING ONLY THE MONKEYS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER .2 THUMBS UP FOR M.PHELPS AND ALSO TO THE VERY ORIGINAL GREAT ARTIST OF THIS QUOTE :
QUOTE : WE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD , SMOKE THE GRASS OF FREEDOM .
LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOREVER !
HISTORY IS MARIJUANA'S HOME.
TRY IT , YOU WILL LIKE IT !
By David M. Peel , T.L.E.S.,NYC

TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
A response to B . Obama’s Inaugural Address
by Boldarn Jan.21,2009
Challenging times will leave us with this choice :
Will we have a liberated society or Agenda 21 ?
The speech can fit both , but we can only have one !
Will it be the Military-Industrial-Complex and mandatory draft registration ?
Or POWER TO THE PEOPLE for human rights , justice and freedom !
Divorce Codex , Fluoridation , the FDA , CIA ,the WHO and mandatory vaccination.
Legalize and support all natural medication .
Outlaw nuclear , biological and chemical war ,
Imposed on mankind in the name of the law and political correctness .
Agenda 21 will be tempting to a populace in despair
As corruption of power causes turmoil everywhere.
But behind the shining door of hope,
May lie your ultimate prison with a hanging rope :
AGENDA 21 =
The New World Order Plan for once free nations .
Abolish the NWO and AGENDA 21.
This is the change that serves the people in peace and freedom
And the task entrusted on you .,
Our new President to guide us as a free Nation .
May you and the people have the substance
TO DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE
Quote by Nelson Mandela :
Sometimes a generation is called upon to be great .
You can be that great generation .

You just nailed the reason for prohibition

"POTSMOKERS HAVE BETTER LATERAL THINKING ABILITY AND MANY OTHER BENEFITS . SO POT HEADS ARE MORE LIKELY TO STAND THEIR TURF ,THINK DIFFERENTLY AND ARE HARDER TO BRAINWASH AND CONTROL.POT IS GOOD FOR PEACE

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Michael Phelps

Does anybody remember that Michael Phelps has ADHD and was taking Ritalin throughout his childhood. Ritalin is in the same drug family as Cocaine? It's ok to give a child the equivalent of cocaine, but marijuana is illegal? The US prescribes 80% of the worlds Ritalin and I don't see a big picture of Michael Phelps taking his Ritalin on the front page news. In my opinion, marijuana is the lesser of the two evils here. I have recently learned that psychologists, couselors and psychiatrists know their patients are throwing away their prescriptions and using marijuana for this same affliction and other disorders because of the horrible side effects of the legal psychotropic drugs. I just wonder if anyone in drug enforcement has any common sense whatsoever. We can give our kids cocaine legally but adults cannot smoke pot. It is time for a redirection of the drug war and it should be with the FDA and the drug companies. They are the real drug lords in today's society.

While Leon Lott (Sheriff) assigned man hours to possibly arrest

Michael Phelps for a bong hit, the choir director of my church was brutally murdered by a crack head here in Columbia, S.C.

In the same neighborhood over the last few yrs we have seen several of our elderly and not so elderly be brutalized by violent crime.

The response by Leon Lott has always been the same. "We are going to crack down on violent crime."

Instead of having a "War" against Murderers, Rapist, Pedophiles and violent criminals, we get a Sheriff that would prefer to spend time examining a photograph and sending out detectives to work the case of the most decorated Olympiad the US has had in Swimming less any other sport.

I feel sorry for all of us here in the US. This is law enforcement. This is how they serve and protect.

Who are the real criminals here?

The only way we will be safe in that area is if Michael Phelps moves into the area. Then the criminals won’t come around with so many law enforcement officials on the watch.

Nixon lied.

No prosecutions in Phelps 'case'
Monday, February 16, 2009

During a news conference, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said there is not enough evidence to prosecute anyone involved in the Michael Phelps marijuana case. Monday's news conference puts an end to speculation if Phelps would be charged with smoking marijuana in Richland County.

Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
- John F. Kennedy

Michael Phelps, Hypocrisy, & American Drug Policy

Sports Hotshots Can Rob, Rape and Pillage ...
But Smoke Pot and They're Screwed
The Michael Phelps Witch Hunt Gets Surreal
Michael Phelps Has No Business Apologizing for Taking Bong Hits
Kellogg's Wimps Out Over Phelps's Bong Hit
Police are Trying Very Hard to Bust Michael Phelps for Smoking a Bong
Why no criminal prosecution when companies bribe?

Boycott Klogogs

the New Bizczar

Canada joins Boycott / MMM 5.2.9 \ D.C.Convergence 7.4.9

What to do with a problem child Drug Czar?

I used to say in the 90's before prop 215, when our Measure A passed in 93, the cops don't come out of the box trained in not busting pot tokers, give em time.

Times way up. Any moron can see Ganja has medicinal value, isn't addictive and poses no threat to society. Still for 40 years they continue Nixon's lie. Is anyone that stupid, and if they are they shouldn't be toting live weapons, making policy or speaking in public.
Expose the Lies... We doneed no stinkin Bizczars... DdC

NFL Buzzkill

$ Leon Lott wasted investigating a picture of Phelps bonging.

'Insane' Sheriff... with a Tank

Renagade Cops & Ganja Props

COPsAgainstGanjawar

South Caolina Avg Salaries

sheriff/chief - $79k/yr - $100k/yr / $40 hr. - $50 hr.
cop - $31k/yr - $62k/yr / $15 hr.- $30 hr.
Sergeant - $45k/yr - $72k/yr / $22.5 hr. - $36 hr.

x? hours = wasted tax... plus he has a tank...

"I, as a responsible adult human being, will never concede the power to anyone to regulate my choice of what I put into my body, or where I go with my mind. From the skin inwards is my jurisdiction, is it not? I choose what may or may not cross that border. Here I am the Customs Agent. I am the Coast guard. I am the sole legal and spiritual government of this territory, and only the laws I choose to enact within myself are applicable"
- Alexander Shulgin, PhD, Chemist and author,
DPF Conference, November 1996

The Drug Czar is required by law to lie

DAREyl SWAT Gates LAPDog Perversions

The informants are watching us...
But who's watching the informants?

Preliminary research indicates that up to 80% of all drug cases in America may be based on information provided by informants.

An informant can be a useful law enforcement tool – a necessary evil – if used properly. But putting police work in the hands of known criminals and blindly trusting that justice will be done is an unnecessary evil. Learn more...

NARCS, Undercovers, Informants... oh my!!
In their quest to trample tokers and catch cannabis “criminals,
the police often become criminals themselves.

Rachael Hoffman RIP

Anti-Drug Campaigns Dumb Down Vital Message

Bong Hits 4 Jesus

PDFA: Slickly Packaged Lies by Jack Herer buy the book

Slick PDFA Lies thread

The Assassins of Youth: PDFA/DARE 07/08/01
Partnership for a Drug-Free America Sources of Funding from 1988-91 as extracted from Federal Tax Returns (figures are approximate) by the Washington Hemp Education Network, also from the Los Angeles Times

"A child miseducated is a child lost."
- John F. Kennedy


Pot Tarts are better for ya...

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