Pot users want pot legalized. But one would wonder if pot users are even competent to make such a decision for themselves. The following are typical examples of behavior observed by marijuana users:

Examples from before 2005:

As you can see, the pot greatly diminished the capacity of the user to think.

Examples from 2005:

Pot use also causes major harm and expense to others, even killing some people:

The statistics on impaired driving are slanted, because it is a lot more expensive to test for drugs than it is to test for alcohol. So almost all cases where both alcohol and drugs are present in intoxicating amounts are prosecuted on only the alcohol charge.

Should we criminalize alcohol too?

It already is criminalized in that respect. There is a difference between consuming small amounts of alcohol and consuming amounts sufficient to impair:

  1. Impairment while operating ANY powered vehicle is Driving While Impaired (different states have different names for this crime).
  2. Doing other things while impaired is Public Intoxication.
  3. One idea is a drinking license

More dope in 2006:

And in 2007:

Question: Are you aware that these people are voting?

Here's the latest dope from 2008:

And dopiness from 2009:

I realized two things:

  1. These people who ran from police because they were using drugs were so bonked on drugs that they turned their misdemeanor drug charge into several felony charges, by fleeing arrest and endangering others. Stooopid Drug Brain!!
  2. So many of the liberals I know either are or were drug users. Does drug use cause liberalism?

Another recent wrinkle in the drug story is the discovery that lavender can cause a false positive result on a field test for marijuana. This can raise the cost of a conclusive result.

I stopped cataloging these dopey dope cases in 2010, because they were just "more of the same" over and over.

But one case in 2015 stands out: A man killed a policeman to avoid a misdemeanor arrest for pot:

The Inexplicable Case of Tremaine Wilbourn

Pot destroys morality.

Two cases where pot products made children sick

Two more cases of interest appeared once some states legalized recreational pot:

Pot makes children sick.

The Strange Case of Kevan Thatcher Stephens

The original story, posted on a bulletin board:

Medford OR: Kevan Thatcher-Stephens sped recklessly through Medford and crashed, killing himself and another man. He ran a red light while running from police at over 100 mph. He ran from police because he had used pot.

After the above account was posted, his mother posted this text (spelling repaired):

"Kevan Thatcher-Stephens tried to run away from the cop because he was scared. He was a young man and though like a young man, he ran because he was chased. The question is, why was he chased by an off duty police officer who may have been under the influence of drugs himself. And why was he chased into a high traffic area on a Friday night. Get your facts straight. Kevan had never been arrested, had no police contact, he was profiled by a small town, untrained redneck police 'officer'. Sad."

His mother is denying the truth. Here are the facts:

  1. Being scared is NO excuse for running. If you run from the law, you are committing another crime - one more serious than anything rising from a traffic stop. He should have known that. And he should have known that he was endangering other people by driving recklessly. But the marijuana altered his thinking.
  2. If he had not run from the police, he would have faced only the following charges:
    • driving while impaired
    • possession of marijuana
    • whatever violation he was originally stopped for
    In my state, he would have had 3-4 months in jail and a fine for these misdemeanor violations (most of that time is for driving while impaired - a mandatory 3-month sentence for a first offense).
  3. But when he ran from police, he added the following charges, most of them felonies:
    • Reckless driving
    • Fleeing law enforcement
    • Use of a motor vehicle to flee law enforcement (a separate crime in many states)
    • Failure to obey a traffic control device - multiple counts
    • Exceeding speed limit by more than 15 mph - multiple counts
    • Vehicular manslaughter while fleeing law enforcement (a murder charge in some states)
    He risked and ended his own life to avoid accepting the penalties for his wrongdoing. If he hadn't died in the crash, he would have served 20-to-life in prison because of his actions during his flight from police.
  4. A mother who loves her son would do the following:
    • Stop him from using pot.
    • Stop him from driving while impaired.
    • Impress on him how his actions could endanger other people.
    • Teach him that running from police is a worse crime than almost all other traffic violations.
    She would not defend his lawbreaking.
  5. Why an off-duty officer chased him:
    • First of all, Kevan broke the law. That is enough reason for the police to stop him:
      1. If he hadn't used pot, he probably would not have committed a traffic offense.
      2. If he hadn't committed the traffic offense, he wouldn't have been stopped.
      3. It's against the law to drive while impaired.
      4. It's against the law to have marijuana.
      There is no excuse for any of these.
    • Second, the off-duty status of the police officer has no bearing at all on whether or not Kevan broke the law. It is the officer's sworn duty to enforce the law at all times, whether or not he is "on duty".
    • Third, the policeman had no idea of what kind of criminal he was dealing with. People who flee police usually have done something a lot more serious. The cop didn't know whether he had a kidnapper, pedophile, car thief, murderer, drug dealer, or terrorist.
  6. Did the officer himself have drugs? Is this something that came out in the investigation, or is it an unfounded accusation?
    • There is no mention of this in the investigation.
    • In any case, it's NO EXCUSE for anything Kevan did.
    • It is a red herring as far as the possible charges against Kevan are concerned. There are no offsetting penalties in law like there are in football. Both would have been charged with crimes if both did wrong. The cop might lose his job, but that would not reduce any charges against Kevan, especially if there were other witnesses. A man died!
  7. Why was Kevan chased into a high traffic area on a Friday night? Maybe it's because he LED police into a high traffic area. He decided where the chase would lead by the turns he took.
  8. If the original reason for the police stop was impaired driving, the purpose of the chase was to stop him before he killed someone. But he beat them to it, killing someone before they could stop him.
  9. The fact that he used pot means he was DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED. That is not only a crime; it is also dangerous to other people. Danger to other people is the MAIN reason pot is illegal.
  10. Does his mother really think he would have slowed down, if the police stopped chasing him? Experience says he would not have slowed down. In several freeway chases in California which were on "America's Worst Drivers," the fleeing drivers kept driving at dangerous speeds after the police abandoned the chase. Usually they kept going at high speeds until they wrecked.
  11. Was Kevan Profiled?
    • How did the cop even know who was driving at the time? It was night.
    • The policeman on the scene usually doesn't know who the car belongs to, or who is driving it, until midway through the stop. If the driver runs, the chase is already well underway, or has already ended, before the cop has any info.
    • With most police departments, the cop radios the station. The station then has to use the DMV computer to trace the car. Then the station radios the info back to the cop. This all takes time - time Kevan didn't give the cop.
    • Meanwhile, the cop is chasing the car BECAUSE it is fleeing (remember, that's a crime too - a felony in most states). So the moment he ran, Kevan became a felon.
    • Once the cop has the license plate info, he still doesn't know who the driver is. The driver could be the car owner, a relative of the owner, someone who borrowed the car, a mechanic, or a car thief.
    • The only person the police could have a description of during the chase is the car owner. And remember, it was night. That makes identifying the driver even harder.
    • If Kevan didn't own the car, was either the real owner, or the car itself, wanted by police? If so, that would have intensified the need to catch the car.
    • They also needed to stay with the car to find out who was driving, so they would know who to charge with all of those felonies committed during the chase.
  12. There is nobody to blame for this except Kevan himself. His actions led to the police wanting to stop him, his actions led to the police chasing him at high speed, his actions led the chase into a high traffic area, and his actions led to the deaths of another man and himself, plus the injuries of his passenger, plus the passenger in the other driver's car.
  13. Probably none of this would have happened if he hadn't used pot - which was the main point of my original post.

An update on the Kevan Thatcher-Stephens case several months after the fatal crash:

  1. He had ingested both alcohol and pot.
  2. He apparently got the illicit substances at a party hosted by another kid whose parents were away on vacation.
  3. His parents still blame the police, even after an investigation showed no wrongdoing by the officer (other than having someone in his car at the time of the chase - he was off-duty).
  4. The son of a local judge seems to have sold Kevan the pot, and the judge was accused of covering for her son.
  5. The kids involved in the party refused to talk to police.
  6. A lawyer started a wacky series of lawsuits.
  7. Google the name, and read all of the wacky stuff that fell out of the woodwork from that case.

Justice in a blender? Or just ice?

Four years after Kevan's crash caused by his own lawbreaking, his mother still has a website that blames the police. Talk about denial:

The moral of this story:


The Drinking License