The debate about whether theAmendment 64
willhelp or hurt Colorado tourism
rages on -- and the same is true of the controversy over aproposed THC-driving bill
that's failed twice but will likely be introduced a third time in the next legislative session. These two topics collide, literally, in the tale of Florida's Gregg Nelson, whose trip to Colorado apparently went sideways due to a pot brownie.
Nelson's story comes to us courtesy of the Boulder Daily Camera, which cites a report from the CU police department.
The cops didn't have to go far to ticket Nelson, age sixty. After all, he was found passed out in the driver's seat of a rental car, with the engine still running, not far from the police station. Reportedly accompanying him were a joint, a lighter and -- DUN! DUN! DUN! -- brownie crumbs. In addition, his car showed damage said to match up with a ding to a nearby bridge on Regent Drive.
Upon being awakened, the report says, Nelson appeared confused -- mumbling, trying to turn off his car by pushing buttons on the dash and repeatedly attempting to remove his seat belt even though he wasn't wearing it any longer.
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Next stop? The hospital, where Nelson allegedly said he'd traveled from Florida to Colorado in order to buy medical marijuana for a back injury. He added that he'd ingested said brownie after purchasing it at a dispensary. After that, he planned to visit the mountains, but his yummy prescription put the kibosh on that. He told officers he had no idea how he'd wound up in Boulder.
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As a special parting gift, Nelson was handed a citation for suspicion of driving under the influence, which officers managed to bequeath even though no THC-DUI legislation has been signed into law. A true story, and a strange one -- albeit of the sort we may be hearing more often in the months and years to come.
More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64: Marijuana consumers need a seat at the table, says Colorado NORML."