Weed-deprived man tased for throwing frying pan at cop asks for a second jolt

Woe to anyone who gets between a pot smoker and his stash.

That's the lesson learned by a Boulder Police officer, who reportedly had to tase a man who threw a frying pan at her out of frustration that he couldn't get to his weed.

Strangely, though, he may have actually enjoyed the experience -- because he asked the officer to tase him again.

According to the Boulder Police Department, the incident took place Sunday on the 600 block of 22nd Street. It was nearly midnight, and area residents had called the cops in response to a loud argument.

Upon arrival, the officer found James Dobson, 39, outside an apartment complex with a frying pan full of food that he ate from during their conversation. He said he needed his marijuana, which was inside the apartment.

When the officer broke the news to Dobson that he couldn't go back inside, he began yelling and raised the frying pan over his head, prompting the officer to draw her stun gun. At the sight of the weapon, he chucked the pan in her direction, at which point she tased him and told him to get onto the ground. He did as she asked while screaming that she should give him another jolt.

Dobson, who was charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, apparently didn't receive a second shock. For him on that night, it was just one disappointment after another.

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