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Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 31, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Hey Tacoers,
Headed down to the valley this weekend to go and visit the courthouse. Not for fun. I will be climbing Skull Queen on Monday hopefully in 16 hours car to car, which will be fun, but Tuesday is a different story. I have to appear for a citation I got last year for having a "controlled substance" in my possession. I abide by California laws and have a medicinal cannabis recommendation but that doesn't mean squat in the valley, ie: federal land.
What I'm getting at is; has anyone ever dealt with this and if so how did you deal with it and
what were your reprocussions?

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:35am PT
My exgirlfriend paid a near $200 fine (well actually I paid it for her since she was broke)

I got off scott free except for that.

The LEO who nailed us fell in a creek up to his neck in ICY water on the way back to our car to check our IDs

Gotta love the 4th of July, Independance day in Tuolumne.


Social climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:36am PT
Monday hopefully in 16 hours car to car

the spray! my eyes!

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:45am PT
Yer Gonna Die!!!!
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:55am PT
Life - without parole.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:58am PT
Lame. Point out the fact that you helped save my life last year, that far outweighs this lame bullsh#t.

You want me to show up and tell them myself?

Hope this works out ok for you man. Looking forward to the report on SQ, that's on my list as a high candidate for my first Valley attempt.

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:59am PT
sounds like you're setting up a good alibi for missing your court appearance.

Social climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:30am PT
Mailed in $275 for a ticket I got in Lassen Nat'l Park from some tool a$$ ranger. No respect for my CA medical permit from the federales. Lucky I didn't have to go to court.

Those feds are getting potatoes in their tailpipes next time I's in Lassen Park.

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:38am PT
I always like to play dumb with as little of an attitude as I can muster. Never been in that situation, but I can't imagine it will be that serious if you aren't/weren't a dick.

I got pulled over in Arches when I was 18. Had a bag of weed (hidden), 20 hits (minus the ones we ate earlier that day), and 2 case of beer sitting on the floor. The officer told me to come back to his car.

Cop: "I see the Dead stickers on your truck. Are you a "Dead Head?"

Me: "Uh, I like their music, but I don't know if I'm a "Dead Head."

Cop: "Well, you are wearing a tie die. How many shows have you been to?"

Me: "I went to my first show last month in Mountain View."

Cop: "Sh#t man, I was supposed to be at that show! My friend's totally bailed at the last minute. How was it? Wow, your first show, that must have been awesome."

Long story short... he called a tow truck and we were on our way.
John M

Jan 31, 2013 - 05:22am PT
I got pulled over in Arches when I was 18.

Long story short... he called a tow truck and we were on our way.

I'm sorry Wes, but your story doesn't add up. This requires a beating from the village. Beatings will commence shortly.. Everyone have their whistle and their rocks?

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 06:51am PT
GDavis- my spray is strong. Stings the nostrils. Make that 14 hours CTC!
Meagher- is that you Jeff?
Vegasclimber- Thanks man! I'll be posting a couple up soon. I think it will work out alright.
Michelle-always need an alibi.
Comiccragsman- packin my spuds in the haulbag for the federales!

Thanks for the help tacoists.
patrick compton

Trad climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:22am PT
where a go-pro for the climb and the court appearance, post both up here, otherwise neither happened.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:39am PT
Tell the judge it was bunk weed and he might have some smpathy...?

Trad climber
crack addict
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:58am PT

At least you won't see this guy. He was the Yosemite federal prosecutor in the 70's and early 80's. I'm sure there are some fellow Taco Dwellers who recognize him....


Social climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:09am PT
^^^^^^ Maybe our resident pedo can make that into T-shirts?

Trad climber
Nevada City
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:24am PT
couple years back me and a dude got caught after smoking in zion national park on our walk back out from our spot. i never got in trouble cause we werent in the act and i didnt have any on me, but my friend had to return to Utah ( we were from cali ) on april 20th for his court date to pay a fine of 1,000 dollars. he had all of, like, a gram.

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:26am PT
"Especially on federal property, users of MMJ should inhale with caution. Every year citations are issued for people smoking pot on national-forest lands in Colorado, including in the San Juans, despite state permission for its limited use, said Brian Vicente, a lawyer with Sensible Colorado, which monitors and promotes MMJ laws.

“We hear from five or six medical-marijuana patients per year who were cited for smoking marijuana on federal lands, usually at a designated campsite,” Vicente said. “In court the charges are often dismissed because it is not considered a priority.”

That is largely due to a national directive by President Obama instructing federal attorneys to avoid using funds to prosecute the legitimate sale and use of medical marijuana in states where it has been legalized. The directive, called the Ogden memo, is not legally binding, and it is still up to the officers’ discretion whether to cite users of MMJ.

“When tickets are issued on federal land, we see this as federal agents not listening to the will of Washington, so it would be worth considering fighting the ticket by going to court and holding up the memo that medical-marijuana patients are not supposed to be prosecuted,” Vicente said."...


Worth a TRY???...


Jan 31, 2013 - 11:26am PT
I bet he never thinks of 420 the same again

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:26am PT
I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
It sure will be nice in 5 to 20 years when this version of prohibition is gone. But for now we have to deal with the government overstepping it's legitimate bounds by harrassing/imprisoning good citizens unreasonably.

Just because something is the law doesn't always make it right.. but you still have to pay damn close attention or risk being burned.

Frustrating to see the nation I love do bad things to people and take so long to change to what is right.
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