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Posted at 4:52 PM ET, 10/ 2/2010

CBS reporter arrested on drug charges

By Washington Post editors

A veteran CBS Radio News correspondent was arrested early Saturday on drug charges after police searched his Northwest Washington home, and found marijuana plants growing in his yard, authorities said.

Police arrested Howard Arenstein and his wife at their home in the 3500 block of T Street and charged them with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Arenstein is married to Orly Azoulay, Washington correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest and most widely read newspaper in Israel.

Police executed a search warrant at the home Saturday after a tip from an area resident, and found 11 fully mature marijuana plants and six two-ounce bags of marijuana inside the home. Each plant is considered by authorities to equal one pound of marijuana. Early Saturday evening, the porch light of the home was on and there was a small pile of mail on the doorstep, but no one answered the door.

According to the CBS news site, Arenstein has supervised coverage and reported on major Washington stories such as the disputed 2000 presidential election, the September 11th hijackings, the war in Iraq and the DC area sniper shootings. You can follow Arenstein on Twitter.

(Update, 7:36 p.m.: Arenstein's Twitter account appears to be no longer functional.)

-- Clarence Williams and J. Freedom duLac

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Comments

More waste of taxpayer dollars.

Posted by: slydell | October 2, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the "area resident" who ratted him out feels pretty satisfied at getting this dangerous criminal arrested. Some people need to learn to mind their own business when someone is doing no harm, IMHO.

Posted by: lehmanbrian | October 2, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

You're supposed to grow weed on top of the neighbor's utility shed so when the cops find it they can't link it back to you.

Where do they find these people? Oh, that's right -- Ivy Leaguers who spent their teen years studying books instead of growing pot.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 2, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Have they searched for the post-gateway drugs that are in the ceiling?

Posted by: JohnRice | October 2, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

After a long day of busting home-growers, I'm sure the cops enjoy a nice cold beer.

Posted by: vfr2dca | October 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

agreed, what a waste of taxpayer money, who cares if he likes the green. weed should be legalized completely.

Posted by: destewar | October 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Smoke pot, dream the idealistic dreams, spread the word on CBS News. Repeat, repeat, etc.

No news here.

Posted by: hungrypirana | October 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Booooo. I feel bad for Arenstein and his wife. Who was that "area resident?" Probably someone who came over to their house for a toke and took offense at something. This will do absolutely nothing except screw over two people who are probably peaceful and decent folks.

Posted by: blablabla | October 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

No outrage, I guess not! Put the criminal behind bars, right? Marijuana is a misdemeanor in DC. I can appreciate the shame and exposure to his family. Everyone should follow the law, right? Hypocrits!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | October 2, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

F___K the DC pigs!

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I feel like personally driving across town and visiting the jherkoff who ratted out this family.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The police certainly don't seem very capable of basic math. I don't know what sort of twisted logic has them incapable of weighing a plant, but apparently that's beyond them.

I'm fairly sick of the pot prohibition, the gateway markets the DEA has created with it, and the whole sordid sleazy practice of busting people over pot. Thankfully it won't last much longer. I'm sure the prisons industries will lobby against it, but screw them.

Posted by: Nymous | October 2, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank heavens they caught them with their marijuana plants before they could use them to gun down innocent people on the street.

DC police on the JOB.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri2 | October 2, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The DEA will be celebrating and asking for a budget increase, no doubt.

Posted by: hairguy01 | October 2, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed to read some of these comments, especially those that mock police enforcement.

Domestic production, trade and promotion of the marijuana culture is providing cover, funds and addicts for the Mexican drug trade that is costing people endless lives.

When you celebrate marijuana, subsidize the industry and encourage more customers, funds and expanded trade and security networks go back to these Mexican rebels to continue their kidnapping, maiming, killing and terrorizing of innocent people.

Posted by: cprferry | October 2, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Oy and Vey.

Posted by: password11 | October 2, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Dumass (aka cprferry), these plants were home grown.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the potheads are irate. Just have another doughnut, folks.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 2, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Even though I support legalizing pot, you have to admit this is funny. The house HAS to be worth a million or more, and the guy is growing pot in his backyard!

Posted by: 54465446 | October 2, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

capsfan77, you talkin to your pig buddies.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, deadly "fully mature marijuana plants." Great job, coppers. No wonder this country is going to hell in a hand basket. This is a prime example of a complete waste and misuse of government resources and priorities while ruining people's lives. Pathetic.

Posted by: vztownes | October 2, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Uh...Dave's not here, man.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 2, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the fine police work in DC is not going to waste. Evil dooers like these dont belong in our community. Next we'll start catching jaywalkers and really make our streets safe again.

Posted by: ASW02 | October 2, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the fine police work in DC is not going to waste. Evil dooers like these dont belong in our community. Next we'll start catching jaywalkers and really make our streets safe again.

Posted by: ASW02 | October 2, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a waste of police power. Then again, I want to be at the auction when their home is auctioned off as seized property from a drug bust!!! Can't wait . . .

Posted by: jwhawk | October 2, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Now that area resident can sit back & have a legalized cocktail, knowing he did the right thing, by wasting addtl tax payers money....how about helping to keep dangerous criminals off the street, you drunken moron? The government only minds that you're growing your own pot because they haven't figured out a way to tax what your grow in your backyard....it was probadly someone he trusted.

Posted by: ahrj | October 2, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so glad to hear that this highly dangerous threat to our community, wellbeing and way of life has been neutralized! Way to go DC's finest. Great work Neighbor Busybody. Cigarette anyone?

Posted by: hairguy01 | October 2, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

cprferry wrote:

"Domestic production, trade and promotion of the marijuana culture is providing cover, funds and addicts for the Mexican drug trade that is costing people endless lives.

When you celebrate marijuana, subsidize the industry and encourage more customers, funds and expanded trade and security networks go back to these Mexican rebels to continue their kidnapping, maiming, killing and terrorizing of innocent people."

Not sure if you read your post, but you have it exactly backward. Domestic production TAKES AWAY money from the Mexican cartels.

I have never personally used the stuff, although I know a ton of people who have tried. I have been involved with a lot of angry drinkers of alcohol who become very violent on the stuff, but I have never experienced that from someone using pot alone. There is no scientifically quantifiable reason that alcohol is better, or less harmful than pot. Our laws make no sense whatsoever.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 2, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Now the are resident can sit back & have a legalized cocktail...because he's done his duty by wasting tax payers money.

You drunken moron, why don't you go out & play basketball on the derelict parks of SE DC?

Posted by: ahrj | October 2, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse


We certainly wouldn't want to put the hundreds of thugs behind bars who are responsible for all the gang violence shootings going on in DC when your really don't need to put all that much work into solving what was "obviously?" a major drug ring on the 3500 block of T Street, would we?

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 2, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Like everything else associate with the War on Some Drugs, what a gross waste of tax money. The day is not far off when this country will wake up and realize what a costly, self-righteous, foolhardy luxury drug prohibition is. Legalize it and tax it. Violent crime would decline if more people smoked pot.

Posted by: sherpadoug37754 | October 2, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Must be a very slow news day, nobody really cares much about these petty marijuana arrests.

Posted by: Earthy | October 2, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

All the hypocrites who are posting about the police should understand there aren't SUPPOSED to be two sets of rules for the rich and poor of the city. According to the story, they didn't go after the guy, they acted on a complaint from a neighbor. If they hadn't everyone would say they were a bunch of racists, only arresting black people. Now they aren't SUPPOSED to arrest white people for the same offense because they have money. What a bunch of whiners.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 2, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZz then zzzzzzzzzzzz

Agree with 54465446. I have been drinking all day and am pissed for no reason. If I was toking, I'd be ordering delivery food (jobs for the cook, phone person, and delivery guy; good thing) and watching dumb tv but not caring. Instead, I'm going to go drink more and probably pick a fight with some dumb Bjorn that gets in my way (bad thing, except for my lawyer).

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 2, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The D.C. police could not have found a more apt poster child for the absurdity of domestic marijuana criminalization. That a peaceful, respected, gainfully employed man can be arrested for growing a small garden's worth of plants in his own backyard shows an extraordinary lack of enforcement priorities, especially when so much of the District could hugely benefit from additional police presence.

While a young bystander is killed on U Street, police are literally "rooting out" a pacifying natural substance.

Posted by: Akger117 | October 2, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

First things first: To johng1, learn how to spell dumbass before calling someone one:

We all knew something had to be effecting the decision making process at SEE BS and other places portending to be 'news delivery services'..

Instead when they're not creating news they are the news. Here's a news flash....no bailouts for the failing networks in the next year or so when they all collapse.

What makes him so special? Then again, perhaps he's using it medicinally for his obvious mental illness working for that so called network that would throw away millions upon millions on the unfunny, elderly waste named David Letterwoman.

There was a time when he was funny, about 25 years ago...But then again, they throw away tens of millions on Cutesy Katie who's now headed back where she started, so I guess they unlike the rest of America have money to burn since ObamaInc is burning through ours so ghetto like.

Posted by: chicagoray40 | October 2, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I feel like personally driving across town and visiting the jherkoff who ratted out this family.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 7:14 PM

Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha......whats wrong, can't get your mom to drive you.

Posted by: MarkFromVa | October 2, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Yet the government has no qualms about putting hundreds, make that thousands of drunks (with rampant alcohol sales) on our streets everyday. Alcohol is a MUCH MORE DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE PEOPLE.

Posted by: MadasH | October 2, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Now we know where they get the 'BS' in CBS.

Posted by: Scratch1 | October 2, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The reporter and his wife broke the law.

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 2, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Now we know where they get the 'BS' in CBS.

Posted by: Scratch1 | October 2, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Chicagoray: You obviously were unloved as a child. You need to get a life, preferably far from here. Wasilla needs a mayor, you need a clue, and nobody here cares what you say, now that your mommy has weaned you.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 2, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

chicagoray40, "Mr. Dumass" is from a funny advertisement where a guy in a job interview mispronounces the interviewee's name. Whatever.

MarkfromVa, I'm a grandpop here in DC. I don't smoke pot, and do not support my tax dollars enforcing these arcane laww. We used to make mincemeat out of you guys coming over Key Bridge back in the day. Anyway, you don't live her so go away.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

From the glass enclosed....grow room: it's WPOT !!!

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | October 2, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Tell me none of the arresting officers are going to go home, kick back, light up a reefer and enjoy a job well done. Sure, not a single one of them ever dabbles in the weed with roots in hell, sure they don't. And OJ is out right looking for the real killer too.

Posted by: hairguy01 | October 2, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Great news for all Israeli Patriots.

Lock here and throw the keys.

Posted by: IamFromIsrael | October 2, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm just amazed that they were able to grow marijuana plants this summer. With all the heat, I had no luck with my legal produce.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 2, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Why so Iam?

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

At CBS, this should get him promoted AND an award at the White House.
Another great moment at CBS!

He and his wife should be proud.

Posted by: 98danny | October 2, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Is the charge of "possession with intent to distribute marijuana" the same as "intent to sell?"

Perhaps they're growing it for medical patients.

Posted by: dadada | October 2, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Dippy grower, nice neighbor.

Posted by: Labbymalone | October 2, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this PR will help he/and his wife get that 8pm slot on CNN???????

Posted by: 98danny | October 2, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

johng1: you really should take some of your spare time and go to school to learn how to write.

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 2, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Why? 'cause she is the mouthpiece of Obama in that newspaper/tabloid (that I don't bother to read anymore)

Posted by: IamFromIsrael | October 2, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

johng1, you are right. I wouldn't live in that sh1thole you call a city. Growing up in Arlington, I saw first hand how low your city has sunk. Hell, I say don't enforce any laws in DC, let them all kill each other and then we will clean up when evrything is over. We all know Drugs are not a problem in DC.
But, what you don't understand, is that when you don't enforce even the littlest crimes, then pretty soon everything becomes little.
It is like Graffiti. If you don't clean it up right away, someone else is going to add even more.
But I guess you all know what you are doing. Your city is a Shining example for all Democratic run Cities across the States. I see how Detroit has followed your fine example.
Carry On.

Posted by: MarkFromVa | October 2, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

It's obviously all Obama's fault.

Posted by: areyousaying | October 2, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Ha, Mark from Virginia, well you better stay clear of DC an everything will be just fine.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Liberal media pothead.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 2, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, work for the largest newspaper in Israel. Hmm. Who are these people, like, really? Are they pro Palestinians? Is that why they got caught? I mean, usually is Black people the ones nailed. It is sooooo unusual to have these kind of people caught.

Hmmm....

Posted by: coqui44 | October 2, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

gpl2411, typing and writing are two different things. Usually I have my secretary type for me while at work. Never was good at typing, but I do write things for a living.

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, work for the largest newspaper in Israel. Hmm. Who are these people, like, really? Are they pro Palestinians? Is that why they got caught? I mean, usually it's Black people or youngsters the ones nailed. It is sooooo unusual to have these kind of people caught.

Hmmm....

Posted by: coqui44 | October 2, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

MarkFromVa, tobacco smokers are a much bigger threat to the economic solvency of the country than all the pot smokers times ten. Paying for the last six months of life of all the tobacco-induced lung cancer victims will cost billions; smoking pot has yet to kill anyone. You want lower taxes and a smaller national debt? Have the cops arrest tobacco smokers. Oops I forgot, you're from the tobacco-growing state of VA, aren't you? ok, never mind.

Posted by: hairguy01 | October 2, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Golly, how inspiring to be lectured to on this topic by the likes of racist, right wing obvious worshippers of that paragon of moral virtues, Rudy Giuliani. Thanks also for that barely coherent, analysis of urban America. Just Riveting.

Posted by: vztownes | October 2, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Tea Party on this? This is a clear case of government intrusion on a peaceful, taxpaying citizen. Guess they're too busy lighting their heads on fire and worrying about anchor babies and death panels.

Posted by: nick4 | October 2, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse


"Intent to distribute..." tsk, tsk.

If it is a crime in SE, it ought to be a crime in NW.

Posted by: Gidgmom | October 2, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Just print an article about someone getting arrested for breaking the law and all the pot heads come rushing forward!! LOL

Posted by: RayK1 | October 2, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Just print an article about someone getting arrested for breaking the law and all the pot heads come rushing forward!! LOL

Posted by: RayK1 | October 2, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

When the so called jouralists in Washington D. C. aren't raising $1 million at Linda Douglas's house for Obama they are smoking and selling pot.

Washington D. C. is a cesspool as evidenced by the disgustion mess left at the mall after the communists rally.

Posted by: robtr | October 2, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but another waste of law enforcement resources. Legalize it, this is 2010. I have a condo in CA and everyone there has a medical card and grow their own 5'x5' patch of weed. Since the average condo runs about $850k, everyone is a professional and makes great money.

These are the laws of the right wing religious nuts. Come on.

Posted by: COWENS99 | October 2, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

ps

They are't "The largest newspaper in Israel" anymore

Posted by: IamFromIsrael | October 2, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

ps

It's not "The largest newspaper in Israel" anymore

Posted by: IamFromIsrael | October 2, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but another waste of law enforcement resources. Legalize it, this is 2010. I have a condo in CA and everyone there has a medical card and grow their own 5'x5' patch of weed. Since the average condo runs about $850k, everyone is a professional and makes great money.

These are the laws of the right wing religious nuts. Come on.

Posted by: COWENS99 | October 2, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Duuuuude.....

Like, those conservatives are soooo square, maaaan.....

Bass the bong.....

Another Red Diaper Doper-Baby lamestream media member....big surprise!!

Posted by: ugottabkiddin | October 2, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I can readily see the pillars of society have been let out of the asylum in order to post here against law enforcement and the problem of drug use in this country. Theft and home burglaries are out of control and the primary offenders are drug users, sellers, buyers and abusers. CBS radio is quite liberal so I can see why we would find drug use by the "veteran" broadcaster. It is also instructive of the type of people who swallow the tripe the Washington Post prints on a daily basis, promoting liberal and anti-family values. You folks with the other vermin in the DC area will continue to drag this country down to total destruction unless you are forcibly removed. Nov 2 will be a start.

Posted by: alfarang | October 2, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone there (CA) has a medical card...". Doesn't surprise me. Given the status of that state, they all need to toke up to keep from going bonkers.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 2, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Leftists smoke pot? I'm shocked, shocked..

Posted by: wewintheylose | October 2, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

alf, are you that puppet from outer space or just another puppet of the crazy right?

Oh, and do you ever drink?

Posted by: johng1 | October 2, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Last I heard drinking is legal, but maybe DC is planning to ban it along with plastic bags.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 2, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

How can a plant be outlawed in any society?

Its incredible.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 2, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I love all these people who are indignant about drug laws. Do you feel the same about taxes or Obamacare? Not paying for that crap doesn't 'hurt' anybody either, except the actual taxed. So you are all for abolishing Social Security. Medicare also? Every single social program this country has is a direct harm on the productive sector. So call for their abolition and I will take you seriously.

And by the way, I have no problem with pot, but I think you should work through the system and not have moron judges make law. Use the system correctly and I will support you. Even on gay marriage. And I am one of the right wing you despise.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws with checks and balances. Try using that instead of abusing it.

Posted by: tgharris | October 2, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

cpferry wrote:
"Domestic production, trade and promotion of the marijuana culture is providing cover, funds and addicts for the Mexican drug trade that is costing people endless lives.

When you celebrate marijuana, subsidize the industry and encourage more customers, funds and expanded trade and security networks go back to these Mexican rebels to continue their kidnapping, maiming, killing and terrorizing of innocent people."
_______________________


You've got it EXACTLY BACKWARDS, cpferry. Domestic drug prohibition provides cover, funds, and addicts for the drug trade that is costing endless lives.

It's America's War on Some Drugs that fuels the kidnapping, maiming, killing, and terrorizing of innocent people.
IT'S THE PROHIBITION, STUPID!! Just as with alcohol prohibition nearly 100 years ago, if you remove the prohibition you eliminate the criminality, and thus the huge, tempting profit margins and all the violence they engender. We don't see moonshine wars in this country anymore, do we? The violence in Mexico is 100% attributable to our futile, risible efforts to control what free citizens choose to put in their bodies.

The War on Some Drugs has given us the highest per capita rate of incarceration in the world (mostly due to imprisoned nonviolent drug offenders), has militarized law enforcement, and eviscerated civil liberties (especially Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure). It's a >$40 billion/annual Nixon-era boondoggle that, like every other government program, has metastasized far beyond its original rationale and become a self perpetuating vampire squid on the federal budget/taxpayer wallet.

Legalize it! Government has no right to tell me who I can marry or what I can put into my body.

Posted by: sherpadoug37754 | October 2, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It was many, many years before this that CBS News went to pot. Now Yedioth Ahronoth has, too.

Convict and shame them. Quantity packaged as if for sale (PWID) is no joke. No need to incarcerate, though. Just fire them.

Posted by: confounded | October 2, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I love all these people who are indignant about drug laws. Do you feel the same about taxes or Obamacare? Not paying for that doesn't 'hurt' anybody either, except the actual taxed. So you are all for abolishing Social Security? Medicare also? Every single social program this country has is a direct harm on the productive sector. So call for their abolition and I will take you seriously.

And by the way, I have no problem with pot, but I think you should work through the system and not have moron judges make law. Use the system correctly and I will support you. Even on gay marriage. And I am one of the right wing you despise.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws with checks and balances. Try using that instead of abusing it.

Posted by: tgharris | October 2, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please, a stupid law that makes otherwise solid citizens into criminals.

Posted by: goodidea123 | October 2, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, pass the nachos Dave, I'm done here.

Posted by: capsfan77 | October 2, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I am sure they were good Clinton Democrats, and didn't inhale.

Posted by: Jack64 | October 2, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, MPD. Don't bogart that joint!

Posted by: JoStalin | October 2, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic a waste. At least it was a msm reporter. God knows if it were a republican candidates mothers uncles son-in-law's brothers step son they'ed be creamed the guy for a week and a half.

Posted by: pane1 | October 2, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Neither scandalous nor newsworthy. So what.

Posted by: mstone22312 | October 2, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

chicagoray40 - dude you need some heavy duty therapy. Perhaps you could benefit by mellowing out a little. Such anger is not life sustaining.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | October 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

alfarang wrote:

"Theft and home burglaries are out of control and the primary offenders are drug users, sellers, buyers and abusers."

Funny, you don't hear much about alcoholics breaking into homes to support their habit. Could it be because all they have to do is walk into a store?

Posted by: 54465446 | October 2, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

It would be real justice to send him to Mexico for trial.

Posted by: credhome | October 2, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The posters here show the stupidity of liberals, they want drugs legalized and hamburgers and salt made illegal (Moochelle Obama aka Marie Antoinette).
www.livingfortruth.wordpress.com

Posted by: 7steppeaceplan | October 2, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

legalize pot. learn from the past: Alcohol Prohibition affected American politics, the suffrage movement, organized crime, taxes and the social relationship between men and women
http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=126613316

Posted by: jeeze56 | October 2, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Where are all of you in November? You do have a voice more powerful than a comments section on a blog.

Posted by: deiulay | October 2, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Legalize drugs but if you don't have health insurance, you should go to prison. That's the retarded logic of the lefties. You lefties want a big brother government and now you're whining about it

Posted by: google_censors | October 2, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure there aren't many gangstas reading the Wash Compost, so I find it amusing to see a bunch of aging hippie dinosaurs crying about the "pigs". The next time someone breaks into your house or robs you, go call your friends the Bloods and Crips to help you. I can imagine you bearded losers in your sweaters holding your fist in the air "black power" style. LOL

Posted by: google_censors | October 2, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Tis the season for all outdoor annuals to be fully mature, no matter what the variety. Nothing unusual there. It's time we stop arresting people for what they grow in their own back yards and what they smoke in their own homes.

Posted by: sallyquint | October 2, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the complexion of these comments would change if Christine O'Donnell had been charged with growing pot??
I suspect growing pot would suddenly morph into a death penalty felony.

Posted by: logician1 | October 2, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

No wonder they have those millions to pay Couric even if she is no good. No wonder Siossy Matthews feels that tingle on his fedet. No wonder Maddow and Dowd and all those journolists are very pro-DemocRATS, in fact they are DemocRATS!!! Let us work for the press and issue praise releases for the DemocRATS and demonize the GOPs as nuts so we can grow marijuana right in our backyard and call those who believe in God as nuts the way Maher, in a daze, says without any qualm of conscience.

Posted by: anatolepushkin | October 2, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Let us work as journolists like Dowd,Maher, Couric, Maddow, Matthews and issue praise releases for the DemocRATS and demonize the GOPs as nuts so we can grow marijuana right in our backyard,

Posted by: anatolepushkin | October 2, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

The War on Drugs is a failure. Legalize Marijuana.

Posted by: Lipo1 | October 2, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Let us work as journolists, issue praise releases for the DemocRATS and demonize the GOPs as nuts so we can grow marijuana right in our backyard,

Posted by: anatolepushkin | October 2, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Let us work as journolists, issue praise releases for the DemocRATS and demonize the GOPs as nuts so we can grow marijuana right in our backyard,

Posted by: anatolepushkin | October 2, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

What an absolute waste of taxpayer money.

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Posted by: cthack | October 3, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: cthack | October 3, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

A bunch of uninformed prohibitionists posting above. Portugal legalized just about every drug in 2001, and as a result, drug use fell and crime plummeted. For example, see:

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html

Your arguments are hallow and unconvincing because the facts point in the opposite direction.

Posted by: johng1 | October 3, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I just saw ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), once one of the most conservative Members of the House, argue on C-SPAN in a 3-way gubernatorial debate "to legalize, regulate and tax" pot. Gov. Arnold Shewarzenegger just signed a bill making possession of an ounce of pot an "infraction" requiring just a fine, not criminal adjudication. I think I see a trend. And I agree, except I would just erase any laws criminalizing or regulating pot and let people do what they want, while protecting children under other legislation. American Indians used it as a diuretic, modern Americans use it for pain relief, and lots of people - not including me - use it in place of debilitating drink. Get over it!

Posted by: amreporter | October 3, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I just saw ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), once one of the most conservative Members of the House, argue on C-SPAN in a 3-way gubernatorial debate "to legalize, regulate and tax" pot. Gov. Arnold Shewarzenegger just signed a bill making possession of an ounce of pot an "infraction" requiring just a fine, not criminal adjudication. I think I see a trend. And I agree, except I would just erase any laws criminalizing or regulating pot and let people do what they want, while protecting children under other legislation. American Indians used it as a diuretic, modern Americans use it for pain relief, and lots of people - not including me - use it in place of debilitating drink. Get over it! Not only will we stop filling the jails and save billions in prosecution, the exploding pot industry would go a liobng way toward lifting our economy out of a morass it cannot otherwise escape. How? The billions Americans would spend at street level would, in fact, "trickle up" - albeit in great floods - to the rest of society as the formerly poor begin to spend the revenues they earn. And remember, any violence or driving violations that are now criminal will remain criminal and just as much subject to prosecution. It's hard for people fixated on revenue streams to allow a revenue stream to be originated that they cannot control. Legalize pot, let it alone and America will recover far more quickly, if ever, than would now occur.

Posted by: amreporter | October 3, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

smomking pot is bad. I am Rupublican and whats told me is it will damege you braine. Pleas stay away from pot.

Posted by: racebube | October 3, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Geez, ELEVEN POUNDS OF POT???? Dude was a heavy toker huh?

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, nooooo, don't do it!!!

Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | October 3, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Geez, ELEVEN POUNDS OF POT???? Dude was a heavy toker huh?

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, nooooo, don't do it!!!

Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | October 3, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Geez, ELEVEN POUNDS OF POT???? Dude was a heavy toker huh?

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, nooooo, don't do it!!!

Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | October 3, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

So which part of NW Washington was it? Seattle? Bellingham? Forks?

Did you attend journalism school the days that they talked about referring to our nations capital as Washington DC, or the District of Columbia?

I hate being the grammar Nazi, but there is alot of nation to the left of D.C.

Posted by: Slam1263 | October 3, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

I am a conservative tea party member and I love my tea and cookies.

Posted by: lusty_infant | October 3, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't Arenstein ever heard of indoor grow-lights?

Posted by: sbritchky | October 3, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Geez, ELEVEN POUNDS OF POT???? Dude was a heavy toker huh?

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, nooooo, don't do it!!!

Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | October 3, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Leave the Arenstein family alone. It is time to re-legalize marijuana & quit wasting police time, $ & manpower over those who grow it or use it responsibly.

Let freedom ring!

Posted by: ChrisInAR | October 3, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Money=freedom. He will spend less time in jail than Paris Hilton.

Posted by: lusty_infant | October 3, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Jah is with you, Brother. The illegality of your actions DOES NOT MAKE YOU WRONG. Alas, Babylon. Peace to you and yours.

Posted by: truthwillguide | October 3, 2010 4:45 AM | Report abuse

They should be allowed to get a diversion by the DC DA if they have a clean record. Now if they were selling it to kids, just like if they were selling alcohol to kids, book 'em Dan-o.
I don't think this should affect their careers, unless they were driving stoned.

Posted by: kilowattradio123 | October 3, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Time to increase the budget for "The war on drugs" Here's one who slipped through the cracks.
As for the two faced neighbor who turned them in, I hope you enjoyed your buzz. You just bit the hand that fed you. Mooron!

Posted by: parrishfarm | October 3, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Dear honorable representatives of the American people, the so-called “drug war” is a blatantly dishonest, extremely expensive, highly destructive, grossly unjust, abject failure of our government.
Despite 30 years and more than a trillion dollars of taxpayer money spent trying to stop not robbery, not rape, not murder, not even shoplifting, but trying to stop adults from using certain arbitrarily-banned drugs, despite draconian punishments, despite currently jailing 500,000 non-violent American citizens, despite tens of thousands of prohibition related murders, these drugs are cheaper, purer and more readily available than ever.
Why do you allow this insanity to continue?
How many more taxpayer billions must we waste, how many more thousands of productive Americans must we lock up, how many more thousands of human beings must die in drug war violence before you honorable representatives of the American people put an end to this foolish, futile carnage?
When will you find the courage to openly admit that drug prohibition (just like alcohol prohibition) is guaranteed to be counterproductive, guaranteed to be extremely violent, guaranteed to be perpetually futile, and guaranteed to leave a wide swath of human suffering and death in its wake?
When will you find the courage to tell the truth about drug prohibition?

Posted by: stopthemadness4 | October 3, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Dear honorable representatives of the American people, the so-called “drug war” is a blatantly dishonest, extremely expensive, highly destructive, grossly unjust, abject failure of our government.
Despite 30 years and more than a trillion dollars of taxpayer money spent trying to stop not robbery, not rape, not murder, not even shoplifting, but trying to stop adults from using certain arbitrarily-banned drugs, despite draconian punishments, despite currently jailing 500,000 non-violent American citizens, despite tens of thousands of prohibition related murders, these drugs are cheaper, purer and more readily available than ever.
Why do you allow this insanity to continue?
How many more taxpayer billions must we waste, how many more thousands of productive Americans must we lock up, how many more thousands of human beings must die in drug war violence before you honorable representatives of the American people put an end to this foolish, futile carnage?
When will you find the courage to openly admit that drug prohibition (just like alcohol prohibition) is guaranteed to be counterproductive, guaranteed to be extremely violent, guaranteed to be perpetually futile, and guaranteed to leave a wide swath of human suffering and death in its wake?
When will you find the courage to tell the truth about drug prohibition?

Posted by: stopthemadness4 | October 3, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Prohibition Truth Number One
The “drug war” is not a war against drugs -- quite the contrary -- it’s a war for drugs. It strongly encourages both production and distribution of prohibited drugs by guaranteeing extremely high profits for everyone involved. Does it make any sense to believe a government policy that guarantees massive profits for any activity could possibly result in less of that activity?
Let’s be very clear: the “drug” war is a war against living, breathing human beings, not drugs. Drugs are merely the dishonest excuse for an extremely profitable, ruthless enterprise, the victims of which are real people.
The violence in Mexico, where more than 6,000 have been murdered in just one year, where bodies are often mutilated and beheaded, is NOT the result of America’s demand for prohibited drugs (as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has implied). Not at all. That demand, like our demand for alcohol and nicotine, could easily be satisfied without any violence.
The thousands of murders in Mexico (and thousands more in this country) each year are the direct result of drug prohibition itself. When alcohol was prohibited, the murder rate in America skyrocketed, when Prohibition ended, the murder rate rapidly declined. When’s the last time you heard of a murder during an alcohol deal gone bad?
How can you honorable representatives of the American people justify arresting and jailing hundreds of thousands, the killing of thousands more each year, and the squandering of billions in taxpayer money on a guaranteed futile attempt to stop adults from using marijuana?
When will you find the courage to tell the truth about drug prohibition?

Posted by: stopthemadness4 | October 3, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Prohibition Truth Number Two
This patently wasteful and highly destructive war against human beings continues unabated because the various special interests that profit greatly from prohibition have sufficient control over you, the honorable representatives of the American people.
These special interests are well aware they would lose billions in profits if you were to find the courage to end prohibition, again.
If prohibition were to end, the illegal drug industry (cartels, dealers) would lose billions. Industries spawned by prohibition (drug testing, incarceration) would also lose big money. But the most significant special interest group that would lose billions if prohibition ended, the special interest group with by far the most political power, is our own government.
Prohibition has become an extremely lucrative, institutionalized part of our government. At least 50 government agencies profit greatly from this war against real human beings. Millions more taxpayer dollars are spent on patently deceitful propaganda to keep fooling Americans about prohibition and to keep taxpayer billions flowing to these agencies.
These government agencies are quite literally addicted to drug money. They’re hooked on the taxpayer billions they waste each year as they pretend to fight an enemy created and sustained by prohibition itself.
When will you find the courage to tell the truth about drug prohibition?

Posted by: stopthemadness4 | October 3, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Arguments against prohibition
Any one of the following arguments should be sufficient to convince reasonable people that prohibition is an egregiously immoral policy.
Argument 1) Prohibition is blatant government fraud -- guaranteed to fail
Prohibition pretends to fight drugs. In fact, it guarantees massive profits to anyone in the world who can produce and deliver prohibited drugs to our streets. It pretends to regulate drugs. In fact it completely abandons regulation. It pretends jailing drug dealers is “fighting drugs.” In fact, this just creates lucrative job openings for more efficient, more ruthless, eager replacements.
It pretends intercepting large quantities of illegal drugs is “winning the war.” In fact only a small percentage of drugs are intercepted and those seized are easily and cheaply replaced. Prohibition pretends to be protecting us from “dangerous drugs” (such as marijuana) while legal nicotine and alcohol kill 500,000 Americans each year.
Prohibition is a massive government fraud. It creates, sustains, and handsomely rewards the illegal drug industry while pretending to fight that very same industry. Like the classic mafia “protection racket,” our government creates a perpetual problem and then charges us big money to “protect” us from it.

Posted by: stopthemadness4 | October 3, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

INSANE

The USA is $13,000,000,000,000.00 in debt, ILLEGALS gun-down tourists, and a FOOL is in the W.H. -- and the D.C. cops F with this BS?

My God, the USA is doomed.

Posted by: russpoter | October 3, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Go to the website Law enforcement against prohibition. Leap.cc. Ex Law Enforcement agents speaking the truth about the drug war.

Posted by: stopthemadness4 | October 3, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Is it true that some tall guy from the W.H. came along with the local cops, and confiscated the unused weed for fear that it might go to waste?

Posted by: frujtr | October 3, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Is it true that some tall guy from the W.H. came along with the local cops, and confiscated the unused weed for fear that it might go to waste?

Posted by: frujtr | October 3, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

RICK, I'M SHOCKED! A LEFT MEDIA REPORTER IS USING DRUGS!

Posted by: KrisinAL | October 3, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Though politically I'm a conservative, I truly believe marijuana should be legalized.
Look . . . think of the harm done by alcohol with DUIs, domestic abuse, etc.
Certainly there are mostly law-abiding people imbibing in alcohol.
Put 10 people in a room and give each a bottle of bourbon and in another room another 10 people each given a bag of pot . . . Come back in about 4 hours and tell me where you will see the worst/best behaviour?
Take the crime out of pot use or growing for personal use. These people should not be incarcerated and think of the money saved from courts to jails/prisons.
Smoking a few joints a day is no more harmfull than drinking a few cans of suds.

Posted by: ConservativeCanadian | October 3, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Confiscation of 75% of his assets will help to pay us taxpayers back for the services of our law enforcement authorities to investigate and arrest these two perps of the crime. You whiners complaining about tax payer money probably do not pay any taxes anyhow. Plus I saw Reefer Madness as a college student...Obama was a reefer (may still be)...think about it

Posted by: jeffsherman7 | October 3, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree, what a waste.

Posted by: jeffsherman7 | October 3, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Marijuana is illegal becuase of the lobbyist for the Beer companies, You can grow it easier than tomatoes.With out a doubt the biggest DRUG Problem and killer and contribution to destruction in this country is alcohol. Republicans Vs democrat is a smoke screen for lobbyist . How can Giving money to congress be legal? If you know a lobbyist lose him as a friend dont let your kids play with lobbyist kids alienate and identify all lobbyist

Posted by: thomasuras | October 3, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I think drug use is stupid. However, I think the real criminals should be arrested immediately. They are the people who use our government to reach directly into our pockets and steal money right out of our paychecks! The real criminals in Washington are the people sucking trillions of dollars from us. Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you a senator, congressman, or even a president!

Posted by: lexicarus | October 3, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I think drug use is stupid. However, I think the real criminals should be arrested immediately. They are the people who use our government to reach directly into our pockets and steal money right out of our paychecks! The real criminals in Washington are the people sucking trillions of dollars from us. Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you a senator, congressman, or even a president!

Posted by: lexicarus | October 3, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

You people are forgetting what would have happened next. They would have snatched your children off the street, had sex with them, and then hooked them on marijuana. Then your children would worship Satan and gun down nuns. Isn't that pretty much what the "Justice Department" says is going to happen?

Come on Barack.... Can't you fix anything?

Posted by: Squiggy1 | October 3, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

You people are forgetting what would have happened next. They would have snatched your children off the street, had sex with them, and then hooked them on marijuana. Then your children would worship Satan and gun down nuns. Isn't that pretty much what the "Justice Department" says is going to happen?

Come on Barack.... Can't you fix anything?

Posted by: Squiggy1 | October 3, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Orly?

(It had to be said.)

Posted by: foldingtime | October 3, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Arenstein got caught. Reported with total liberal bias for years. With all the chemicals in pot, no wonder people who support it can never tell anyone how it is beneficial.

Posted by: RobbieK | October 3, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Arenstein got caught. Reported with total liberal bias for years. With all the chemicals in pot, no wonder people who support it can never tell anyone how it is beneficial.

Posted by: RobbieK | October 3, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Arenstein got caught. Reported with total liberal bias for years. With all the chemicals in pot, no wonder people who support it can never tell anyone how it is beneficial.

Posted by: RobbieK | October 3, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

As the legacy media implodes, its functionaries do likewise. More to come.

Posted by: lcary | October 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

You people are forgetting what would have happened next. They would have snatched your children off the street, had sex with them, and then hooked them on marijuana. Then your children would worship Satan and gun down nuns. Isn't that pretty much what the "Justice Department" says is going to happen?

Come on Barack.... Can't you fix anything?

Posted by: Squiggy1 | October 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... Bush's fault?

Posted by: jnsesq | October 3, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

11 plants; that was one pound per plant?

This guy was growing some big marijuana plants; no wonder it caught the attention of someone in the neighborhood. And the police fond plastic baggies of it in his house?

Too close to distribution issues if I'm making the decision.

Posted by: whitneymuse | October 3, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

When are we going to face the facts? Remove the punative measures that will surly be applied in this case. My bets are that this is a decent, intelligent. "law-abiding" citizen who likes to smoke a bit of pot and would rather grow it than buy it.
What's the big deal? How can any rational person not see the inevitable legalization/decriminalization? Regulate and tax!!

Posted by: cwschoon | October 3, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I am sure we could expect these two MSM toadys to report in a very objective fashion on the "legalize dope" debate, right? They need dope to deal with the strain of making this so called administration look good I expect.

Oh, but THAT Drudge, HE's biased.

Posted by: DickTuck | October 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

If Arenstein is let go from CBS, CBS can hire Rick Sanchez, who's just been let go from CNN. Fantastic trade-off, as far as I can tell. Two (2) lightweight so-called "journalists" whose contributions to fair reporting are minimal at best. In fact, Sanchez can join the "60 Minutes" crew and ask soft-ball and innocuous questions to world leaders such as Iran's Ahmadinejad, just like Scott Pelley did last week.

Posted by: Neils60 | October 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Growing pot for one's own consumption should be encouraged ! Less money to the drug cartels. Making beer and wine is legal. Busting the "average joe" is a waste of law enforcement time and money.

Posted by: bugs71 | October 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Had a DOPE dealer renting a house in a private compound in back of us. Couldn't figure out why elite yuppy luxo wagons were roaming the neighborhood at certain times. Then I noticed what he used for a signal that the DOPE was in... an orange ribbon hanging on a bush at the corner of MY lot. Dropped a dime. He's GONE, so are the BMWs. Possession with intent to deliver and a pretty tasty prior. Bye doper, don't want you around here. If your "customers" had driven a little more carefully in my neighborhood this probably would NOT have happened.

Posted by: DickTuck | October 3, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if this happened to a same age person of different socioeconomic background and part of town, would the sympathy posts be the same?

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow! If they'd only passed Proposition Zero, making it legal to be an idiot...

Posted by: Balou8900 | October 3, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Making your OWN beer and wine is legal, selling it isn't. We have a "medical dope grower" exception in my state right now, (the nose of the camel) but probably not for long as too many of these compassionate
"growers" have been busted for selling "retail".

Posted by: DickTuck | October 3, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

These types of arrests are just part of the system shell game that congress plays with all of us. Keep the dog chasing its tail, so it can't stop and see what its master is doing. Watch the little ~bad~ people and you will never see the big ~bad~ elites with their hand in your cookie jar. Little people are always getting their hands slapped and the big people are backed up to the banks with their trucks loading the taxpayer cash.....while everyone is watching the dog chase its tail.... There is NO start to ANY reform UNTIL we pass an admendment containing congressional term limits. Keep your eyes on the doggie... Now if we can only keep football Joe in West Virginia. Lord help us all if he goes to Dee-Cee.

Posted by: 68djbrownfarm | October 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

These types of arrests are just part of the system shell game that congress plays with all of us. Keep the dog chasing its tail, so it can't stop and see what its master is doing. Watch the little ~bad~ people and you will never see the big ~bad~ elites with their hand in your cookie jar. Little people are always getting their hands slapped and the big people are backed up to the banks with their trucks loading the taxpayer cash.....while everyone is watching the dog chase its tail.... There is NO start to ANY reform UNTIL we pass an admendment containing congressional term limits. Keep your eyes on the doggie...

Posted by: 68djbrownfarm | October 3, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

So let's legalize pot so that we can add another 45,000 annual deaths to our highway death numbers and start a new goup called MAPS (Mothers Against Pot Smokers). I can see the long lists of lawsuits from families who lose a family member because some liberal pot smoker who ran a red light, because he/she was stoned.

Posted by: WeMadeAmistake | October 3, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The guy deserved to get caught. Growing pakalolo in his yard? He apparently thinks that everyone else is too stupid to notice. Whether pot should be legalized or not is another subject for debate.

Posted by: saltaquariumguide | October 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Dude. Eleven plants in your back yard just might be a little too obvious. However, their neighbor was a total and complete jerk for turning them in. I hope dogs defecate on their lawn.

Posted by: cfeher | October 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Yea, so all of you '60s hippies wanting to let this Arenstein off the hook for growing/possessing an ILLEGAL substance, blaming the person who reported the situation to the cops ... I'm SURE you are sincere in this position.

The same way I'm SURE you want to let Meg Whitman off the hook, blaming the ILLEGAL immigrant who filed false documents in order to stay ILLEGALLY in this country.

No?

Posted by: denmac | October 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Well this certainly explains the delusional reorting we continuously see coming from CBS!

Posted by: changein2012 | October 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse


All the hypocrites who are posting about the police should understand there aren't SUPPOSED to be two sets of rules for the rich and poor of the city. According to the story, they didn't go after the guy, they acted on a complaint from a neighbor. If they hadn't everyone would say they were a bunch of racists, only arresting black people. Now they aren't SUPPOSED to arrest white people for the same offense because they have money. What a bunch of whiners.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 2, 2010 8:14 PM

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"Now they aren't SUPPOSED to arrest white people for the same offense because they have money."

It's nice to know you equate murderous gang shootings, even DURING the funeral from another murderous gang shooting, to a husband and wife lighting one up in the privacy of their own home.

The MPD probably had more cops, along with the DEA and S.W.A.T. on the initial bust of these people than they have patrolling the streets of DC at night!

This isn't an argument for legalizing pot, or an admonishment of the everyday street cops!

It's setting some priorities by the Chief and the rest of her Assistants.

And easy pickin's make for bigger headlines I guess.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"The MPD probably had more cops, along with the DEA and S.W.A.T. on the initial bust of these people than they have patrolling the streets of DC at night!"

Now where did THIS assumption come from?

There are no indications of DEA and/or S.W.A.T. participation in this arrest - the story specifically states "Police executed a search warrant at the home Saturday after a tip from an area resident".

Methinks thou dost protest to loudly!

Posted by: denmac | October 3, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Twits. Worse... twits that are pushers. They are no different than someone selling junk in a alley. The DA should nail them with the maximum possible charges, just exactly the same way anyone else would be nailed. They should face the same exact legal consequences and sentence as would be applied to any teenager caught with the same stuff growing in his backyard. But of course it is extremely unlikely that they will face anything more than a slap on the wrist. After all, justice may be blind, but it isn't fair.

Posted by: bthomas5217 | October 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

A story about CBS reporters being on drugs is in the "news" section?

What next? "Sun rises in the morning" next on breaking news...

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Finally, we understand. It's not Kool-aid that makes the media follow and support the most corrupt REGIME in history, it's drugs. I'm bettin' that pot is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe everyone in the WH should be drug tested. After all you can't work for Home Depot without one, but you can be POTUS. What's wrong with this picture?????

Posted by: yankee11 | October 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

of course, writers for the Mainstream Media are a) liberals and b) drug users Does that surprise anybody? How is could they support Obama? You have to be on some mind altering substance.

Posted by: Jacky1 | October 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Finally, we understand. It's not Kool-aid that makes the media follow and support the most corrupt REGIME in history, it's drugs. I'm bettin' that pot is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe everyone in the WH should be drug tested. After all you can't work for Home Depot without one, but you can be POTUS. What's wrong with this picture?????

Posted by: yankee11 | October 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Finally, we understand. It's not Kool-aid that makes the media follow and support the most corrupt REGIME in history, it's drugs. I'm bettin' that pot is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe everyone in the WH should be drug tested. After all you can't work for Home Depot without one, but you can be POTUS. What's wrong with this picture?????

Posted by: yankee11 | October 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Finally, we understand. It's not Kool-aid that makes the media follow and support the most corrupt REGIME in history, it's drugs. I'm bettin' that pot is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe everyone in the WH should be drug tested. After all you can't work for Home Depot without one, but you can be POTUS. What's wrong with this picture?????

Posted by: yankee11 | October 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Drug users are predominantly liberal and for them to be in the Media is a perfect fit. Also, it has been studied and published that over 90% of prison inmates vote Democratic as well.

How else do you think someone like Obama can get elected??

Posted by: Jacky1 | October 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I guess all of you naysayers have never smoked marijuana. More specifically, the marijuana they grow and sell today rather than the pot of the 60's and 70's. The THC content of today's pot is 4 to 6 times what we had in the 1960's or 1970's. Marijuana also serves as a gateway drug to other narcotics. I should know, I have been in AA since 1991. I have met thousands of people, young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, who have the same basic story. I started drinking when I was a teen, then started smoking pot, then I tried.....
I have been sober for almost 20 years, and my worst day sober is 10 times better than my best day intoxicated. I no longer have the need to numb my feelings to exist. In closing, these people knew the risk they were taking. If they were black defendants, they would be facing seizure of their house and felony charges. The same should apply here. Maybe the $1MM from their house could go to neighborhood drug treatment.

Posted by: MarylandBill | October 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least we now know why he is a liberal, no brain, from all the dope smoking. HA HA ha. Good job DC police.

Posted by: irish031 | October 3, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Dude, have you like have to give him back the weed. Have you seen CBS news stories about Obama and the democrats, dudes, like he can't write those kind of puff pieces without it. Keep the change Obots.

Posted by: LoneWolf1 | October 3, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Recall the commercials; the punchline was something like, "that's why they call it 'Dope'?

You would want your surgeon high on a variant of Maui-wowi?

I know "smoke reponsibly"; Think twice before you unleash this onto the irresponsible. The THC content is very high in the current psychomomimetic varieties.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: whitneymuse | October 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"CBS reporter arrested on drug charges"

THAT IS NOT NEWS!!!

What would be news is if a lamestream socialist fake-news reporter WAS NOT ON DRUGS.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | October 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Howard Arenstein -- typical mainstream media liberal -- on drugs! This will have no bearing on his position at CBS, it's a resume enhancer!

Posted by: TexJal | October 3, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It's not fair to blame the cops for this stupidity. WE make these STUPID laws through the legislators WE elect. If we let the cops decide which of OUR laws not to enforce, then we are turning the cops into UNELECTED lawmakers. Please direct your anger at your ignorant neighbors who support laws that punish peaceful in-home activities like growing innocuous pot for personal use. It was those ignorant neighbors who voted for the legislators who wrote and passed the law. As long as the police are polite while enforcing the laws WE have imposed on them, we should only be grateful to them. They DO put their lives on the line for us every day. (P.S.: I'm not a cop, and have no cop friends. I'm a private lawyer in California.)

Posted by: DavidfromSanDiego | October 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse


The truth is he had a choice.

Attend the pro-Obama, pro-Democrat rally on the Mall or stay home and enjoy his weekend with his wife.

He made the wrong choice and his pot-smoking buddies at the White House made and example out of him.

Posted by: RealityChk | October 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Saw his bio on the CBS web site. A face for radio! What an ugly mother.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/13/broadcasts/main5381688.shtml

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 3, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

A hint of what the post-Fenty world will be like in DC. The rich and powerful will be held to the same standard as the poor and black.

Posted by: mateo_md | October 3, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Successful professional journalist couple arrested for growing and harvesting their drug of choice - well, perhaps no one told them it was illegal.

I fail to understand "potheads" and their compulsion to "blow their minds" with illegal substances. Were they allergic to a nice red wine?

Posted by: crypticguise | October 3, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey he just wanted to show everyone that he went "Green" as a journalist.

Posted by: ElOregonian | October 3, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Lucky it was just the cops that showed up at the home grower's house.
Domestic pot production is big business run by criminals using forced labor of illegal immigrants. The crop value exceeds all the fruit and vegetable crops in most states. Our national and state parks have become dangerous and polluted with pot farms and the resulting trash and chemicals used. Hikers accidentally stumbling into one of their operations run a high risk of being shot. So growing a few plants at home may not be a big deal, but the "commercial" growers can't allow that. Again, they are lucky it was just the cops that were at the door

Posted by: C2ShiningC | October 3, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok, pot is illegal, if people don't agree with the law, then petition to change it. As far as I'm concerned, legalize everything, just remove ALL Federal and State funding for the rehabilitation programs out there I don't want my tax dollars spent to get some idiot off drugs in the first place. If they want to clean up, then their own family members should be the ones who fund their getting cleaned up.

Posted by: desertmole2001 | October 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Ok, pot is illegal, if people don't agree with the law, then petition to change it. As far as I'm concerned, legalize everything, just remove ALL Federal and State funding for the rehabilitation programs out there I don't want my tax dollars spent to get some idiot off drugs in the first place. If they want to clean up, then their own family members should be the ones who fund their getting cleaned up.

Posted by: desertmole2001 | October 3, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Ok, pot is illegal, if people don't agree with the law, then petition to change it. As far as I'm concerned, legalize everything, just remove ALL Federal and State funding for the rehabilitation programs out there I don't want my tax dollars spent to get some idiot off drugs in the first place. If they want to clean up, then their own family members should be the ones who fund their getting cleaned up.

Posted by: desertmole2001 | October 3, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Ok, pot is illegal, if people don't agree with the law, then petition to change it. As far as I'm concerned, legalize everything, just remove ALL Federal and State funding for the rehabilitation programs out there I don't want my tax dollars spent to get some idiot off drugs in the first place. If they want to clean up, then their own family members should be the ones who fund their getting cleaned up.

Posted by: desertmole2001 | October 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

It is really disheartening to read so many of these comments. This man knowingly broke the law, yet the number of people taking his side is astounding. There is nothing good about marijuana (except for the occasional medicinal use). It is harmful and in many, many cases leads to the use of more potent and dangerous drugs, which in turn, leads into other dangerous criminal activity. It defies all logic that anyone would support its recreational use.

Posted by: AG52 | October 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes, yes

but can't you just hear the AIPAC types, the big greedy money boys screaming about discrimination.

The ADL is right now talking to AIPAC...stunned because SOME PEOPLE can't be arrested.

In fact, some neighbor in the toney area didn't relish living among the growing and manufacturing of drugs...and the 'distribution'. Maybe had kids.

And the police should've ignored it because they were jews? Or what?

Posted by: whistling | October 3, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Shucks, they were helping Mexico deal with its violent drug problem by promoting home industry.

I wonder if the foreign drug cartel heads are promoting crackdowns on domestic producers for home use, and also funding negative PR regarding pot so as to retain their market.

Posted by: Johnson11 | October 3, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Shucks, they were helping Mexico deal with its violent drug problem by promoting home industry.

I wonder if the foreign drug cartel heads are promoting crackdowns on domestic producers for home use, and also funding negative PR regarding pot so as to retain their market.

Posted by: Johnson11 | October 3, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

CBS is both brain dead and stupid. No wonder they're in last place and loosing ground!!

When you find yourself in a hole, you should stop digging!

Get off the air!! Make room for Fox News.

Horace Pucky

Posted by: HoracePucky | October 3, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The "story" was funny enough. Lib "reporters" commiting more felonies. But even better, are the hipocrate libs who are upset about it. Were the perps, the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, O'reily, ect..., there'd be howls in favor of the death penalty. LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Posted by: majorbeatdown | October 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

If only the poor jerk were working for the government, he would have an assured good paying job with FOX NEWS...Just ask Ollie North...The government controls the flow of not only prescription drugs, but street drugs as well...

Posted by: bobgraham4 | October 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If only the poor jerk were working for the government, he would have an assured good paying job with FOX NEWS...Just ask Ollie North...The government controls the flow of not only prescription drugs, but street drugs as well...

Posted by: bobgraham4 | October 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Waste of good police resources.

Posted by: SpyCat | October 3, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Waste of good police resources.

Posted by: SpyCat | October 3, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I've never smoked marijuana in my life and have no desire to try. Regardless, it's ridiculous that these people were arrested. I assume the cops charged them with possession with intent to distribute so they could hold 10 or 15 year sentences over their heads and get them to plead to possession. The whole thing is absurd.

Posted by: tcal02 | October 3, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I've never smoked marijuana in my life and have no desire to try. Regardless, it's ridiculous that these people were arrested. I assume the cops charged them with possession with intent to distribute so they could hold 10 or 15 year sentences over their heads and get them to plead to possession. The whole thing is absurd.

Posted by: tcal02 | October 3, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

While I agree that law enforcement resources were wasted in busting these two, you have to question the judgment of two supposedly responsible adults who grow not just one marijuana plant, which might have met their annual smoking needs -- but six plants, plus having on hand several additional ounces of the forbidden weed. Obviously they never conducted any cost/benefit analysis. The current drug laws are dumb, but these two folks are dumber.

Posted by: RossOdom | October 3, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Leave these folks alone....many many many network reporters and anchors have smoked marijuana for many decades...including at the WaPo... much much safer and more natural to help you sleep or relax than any pharmaceuticals...a gift from the gods and goddesses to humankind.These people are no threat to anyone..even if they had a hundred plants..I thought this was a free country.

Posted by: Precious2 | October 3, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Leave these folks alone....many many many network reporters and anchors have smoked marijuana for many decades...including at the WaPo... much much safer and more natural to help you sleep or relax than any pharmaceuticals...a gift from the gods and goddesses to humankind.These people are no threat to anyone..even if they had a hundred plants..I thought this was a free country.

Posted by: Precious2 | October 3, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

ag52 wrote:

"It is really disheartening to read so many of these comments. This man knowingly broke the law, yet the number of people taking his side is astounding. There is nothing good about marijuana (except for the occasional medicinal use). It is harmful and in many, many cases leads to the use of more potent and dangerous drugs, which in turn, leads into other dangerous criminal activity. It defies all logic that anyone would support its recreational use."

You are correect in that there is nothing "good" about pot. However that is also true about alcohol. There is no medical literature that rates pot a MORE dangerous drug than alcohol. Addiction whether alcohol or drugs, usually leads to the search for longer, better "highs" if you will. There are relatively few wine drinking alcoholics but the scaling up the ladder is poossible in both areas. It is also true, as pointed out by several posters, that people commit crimes in support of drug usage. That is not necessary with alcohol since you only need to go to a store. It is also documented that pot alone does not create the violent reactions associated with many phases of inebriation.

In short, there is no logical or scientific reason why alcohol should be treated legally differently than pot.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 3, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's the next step. Since the police get to keep the money and property seized in these distribution cases, they are going to try to go for this man's house and bank accounts as proceeds of the "distribution."

This happening all over the US. It's all a game. The police couldn't care less about pot. It's all about the money. Until the seizure laws are changed back, law enforcement will continue to focus their resources where they can get more money not where the real crime and danger to society lies. http://detnews.com/article/20091112/METRO/911120388/Police-property-seizures-ensnare-even-the-innocent
www.drugpolicy.org/docUploads/Asset_Forfeiture_Briefing.pdf

Posted by: srod1020 | October 3, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media is determined to snear at Ms. Palin and parrot the Democrat party line that those who disagree with this regime are just too stupid to get the message. However, Ms. Palin and the great unwashed I'm sure are smart enough to know not to grow giant 8 foot pot plants in their backyards, irritate their neighbors and expect to never get caught. If the press remains committed to help hide Obama's transcripts could they at least reveal their own?

Posted by: jadams76 | October 4, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Everyone who works at CBS News is a criminal. Why stop here?

Posted by: panastos | October 4, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

hehehehehehe
These people posting that they should leave these potheads alone they are not hurting anyone are probably the same ones that wanted to crucify rush limbaugh for his perscription drug problem. You people crack me up.

Posted by: conserve1 | October 4, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

These people posting that they should leave these potheads alone they are not hurting anyone are probably the same ones that wanted to crucify rush limbaugh for his perscription drug problem. You people crack me up.

conserve1 Yep, you've got that right. The arrogant elitist types who are above the law because they're just soooo... SPEDIAL!!!

The Upper West Side trailer trash in Manhattan and upper NW DC human garbage of the liberal elite mode=-the kind who hat Rush-bo because he is for the US Constitution and against the priveleges of limousine libturds. May they all rot in jail....!

Posted by: djman1141 | October 4, 2010 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Wow big surprise in the leftwing rag washington post mostly hateful comments towards police & the person who informed them of the ILEAGL substance. Same mental midget leftists who screamed & still whine like lil girls about rush Limbaugh’s addition to a highly additive oxycotin. If any of you pro-potheads can do any research check out the link b/w drug use & dependency upon the gov like socialist europe.

Posted by: gladnot2bliberal | October 4, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow big surprise in the leftwing rag washington post mostly hateful comments towards police & the person who informed them of the ILEAGL substance. Same mental midget leftists who screamed & still whine like lil girls about rush Limbaugh’s addition to a highly additive oxycotin. If any of you pro-potheads can do any research check out the link b/w drug use & dependency upon the gov like socialist europe.

Posted by: gladnot2bliberal | October 4, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Could it be these folks were "singled-out" JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWISH???? With all the crime going on in Washington DC - the cops go after someone growing/smoking weed in their own home???? Does ANYONE ELSE SMELL SOMETHING HERE?????

Posted by: Starshine2U | October 4, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Could it be these folks were "singled-out" JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWISH???? With all the crime going on in Washington DC - the cops go after someone growing/smoking weed in their own home???? Does ANYONE ELSE SMELL SOMETHING HERE?????

Posted by: Starshine2U | October 4, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

No left wing loony here.42 yrs of pot smoking I will admit.Thomas Jefferson grew pot in his White House garden.Remember him? He is the guy that said"if it doesn't break my leg,or pick my pocket,it's no business of mine,and should be no business of the government." I know that there are those of you who will cry out that he grew hemp,and it's not the same thing.Wrong.Remember Abe Lincoln? I have seen pictures of a letter (either in his hand-writing or a very good forgery) that he wrote to a harmonica manufacturer(maybe Hoerner) after they sent him a harmonica for his birthday.In the letter he said that he enjoyed nothing more than sitting on his back porch (at the White House)playing his harmonica and smoking his sweet hemp.
I'm not sure who came up with the idea that 1 plant equals 1 lb.Nobody sells or smokes root balls,stalks or large stems.A decently manicured,mature plant will yield about 4-5 ounces at most.These people either grew for their own consumption,or perhaps enough for friends as well.That keeps them and their friends from having to deal with the violent criminal element that sells the stuff for a living.Not only does it reduce profits for gangs,cartels,terrorists,etc,but it reduces the murder rate,sine they don't get killed in drug deals gone bad.
Busting potheads and growers for personal use clogs the court system and floods the jails and prisons with people who most likely are breaking no other laws and doing no harm to anybody.Somebody growing hundreds of plants wouldn't fall into the harmless category.
Go ahead and say"but it's against the law!" Yes,it is. How many laws do you break? In most places,these things are also against the law: spitting on the sidewalk,adultery,sodomy...need I go on? Get my point?

Posted by: badsanta | October 4, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Pot use is not big deal. But where use is against the law, anyone using it should accept the facts of the consequenses. As MLK once said, if you decide to break the law, you must be prepared to go to jail. We have tons of outdated laws on the books, and sometimes they are used as tools by others, a crabby neighbor, someone with an ax to wield, etc. Whenever the police are called for whatever reason if a law is being broken, they are required to follow up. They are not pigs as someone called them. Doesn't that violte the Post's rules of civility? The problem is the atitude of all of us. We don't like some laws, and enforcement of them causes them to blame others who should not be blamed at all. Spitting on the sidewalk was an important law when TB was rampant in society. It may sound silly today, and perhaps should be repealed. Thats the way things are done legally. Without the law, or when the law is individuall interpreted leads to anarchy. Then neither conservatives or liberals have power. Only the mob. My last comment is I find a problem when someone who holds an important position which can affect polcy and is unelected decides to break a law, even a misdeamor I have to wonder whether he or she should be employed with the Post. A lot of people, perhaps not the majority do not share the majority of views that I have read on this site. However, they seem to be correct about the law. Name calling is not the answer, change the law if you don't like it.

Posted by: denscul | October 4, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Pot use is not big deal. But where use is against the law, anyone using it should accept the facts of the consequenses. As MLK once said, if you decide to break the law, you must be prepared to go to jail. We have tons of outdated laws on the books, and sometimes they are used as tools by others, a crabby neighbor, someone with an ax to wield, etc. Whenever the police are called for whatever reason if a law is being broken, they are required to follow up. They are not pigs as someone called them. Doesn't that violte the Post's rules of civility? The problem is the atitude of all of us. We don't like some laws, and enforcement of them causes them to blame others who should not be blamed at all. Spitting on the sidewalk was an important law when TB was rampant in society. It may sound silly today, and perhaps should be repealed. Thats the way things are done legally. Without the law, or when the law is individuall interpreted leads to anarchy. Then neither conservatives or liberals have power. Only the mob. My last comment is I find a problem when someone who holds an important position which can affect polcy and is unelected decides to break a law, even a misdeamor I have to wonder whether he or she should be employed with the Post. A lot of people, perhaps not the majority do not share the majority of views that I have read on this site. However, they seem to be correct about the law. Name calling is not the answer, change the law if you don't like it.

Posted by: denscul | October 4, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Washington is not a city for decent folks, unfortunately. Even if you have lived here all your life, this city feels like a callous and kafkaesque machine.
Metro PD was able to conjure a $100.00 parking ticket for me because I parked a scooter on the sidewalk, meanwhile I have been robbed of over 10K worth of items since March of this year!
The city is overrun with slothful criminals and charity cases, and the decent people who actually pay their (bloated) taxes are forced to help them stay flush with crack and booze.
This city needs to be saved from its own blinded and ham-handed government.

Posted by: DavidwMagee | October 4, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Washington is not a city for decent folks, unfortunately. Even if you have lived here all your life, this city feels like a callous and kafkaesque machine.
Metro PD was able to conjure a $100.00 parking ticket for me because I parked a scooter on the sidewalk, meanwhile I have been robbed of over 10K worth of items since March of this year!
The city is overrun with slothful criminals and charity cases, and the decent people who actually pay their (bloated) taxes are forced to help them stay flush with crack and booze.
This city needs to be saved from its own blinded and ham-handed government.

Posted by: DavidwMagee | October 4, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

For the last time, as I have posted before, the police had no choice. Read the story, they didn't go looking for pot in people's backyards. They were acting on a complaint from a neighbor. Given the address, the neighbor has a few dollars too. If the police fail to act, they leave themselves open to charges of racism and unequal enforcement.

Additionally for the idiots who ask about going after street crimes and murderers, that area is part of 2nd District, covering the richest portion of the city. EVERY time that any of the Chiefs have tried to move resources away from 2D you hear the howl of the banshees about not getting the protection they are paying for. So no matter how concerned you may be about street crime as an occasional tourist to DC, the people with money are not about to give up their protection to increase yours!

As is so often the case, most of the people who post on threads have absolutely no knowledge of the subject whatsoever.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 4, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

CPRferry you need to sit back and relax. Smoke one before you condemn it. Another know it all that knows absolutely nothing about the product but bashes it anyway. Pot is NOT a gateway drug. Don't care what the "experts" say, they are WRONG!!! Ban alcohol not marijuana.

Posted by: Muffin3 | October 4, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

If the cops are busting black kids in NE or SE for pot... surely it would be racist not to bust fat cat white guys growing the product at their million dollar Georgetown homes. And yes plants thrive in DC, I grew some at my P Street apt in the '80s... and yes again, after drying and processing home grown in the back yard plants can yield a pound apiece. If you are willing to do the crime, do the time and don't whine about it. Again, yes, pot is a gateway drug, I know, I'm also a crack addict in recovery. I smoked dope for more than 25 years; when life got tough I don't know how to cope except with more and stronger drugs... hello Crack!!!
Oh well, I lost a wife, home and about thirty years of my life... so it goes. I served 40 hrs community service shoveling horse poop in Rock Creek part due to a pot bust in the '90's. You gotta be smarter than this dumb ass if you don't want to get caught.

Posted by: tchase13 | October 4, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Our Tax dollars at work? Someone with a little authority, should take the Police aside and tell them, this is a waste of their time and surely a waste of our tax dollars. It has done nothing to make our society safer.

Posted by: JeronimoDan | October 4, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, on further reading of the comments and reflection... there may not be medical literature linking pot to anything other than alcohol (though I don't believe it)... but just for sh*ts and giggles... why not go to your nearest 12 step recovery group and ask around you will find out different. The really f*c%ed up thing of it is that it is easier for minors to get pot than booze.

Posted by: tchase13 | October 4, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

tchase:

All drugs and alcohol too are "gateway drugs". The difference is in the user. I have a susceptability to alcoholism in my own family, so I don't drink. If I did, I might very well become a statistic. In my more than 25 years of experience in the field, crack and PCP are the most dangerous drugs out there. Crack is the most addictive, while PCP causes the most danger to those around the user. Neither could ever be made legal. Pot is in the same category as alcohol. Yes I agree pot is easier to obtain outside the home, but no alcohol is far more readily available to most kids inside their own home.

Posted by: 54465446 | October 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I see how it is. If you don't like the law, it was a waste of resources to arrest them.

Just because people who choose to partake in smoking pot turn a blind eye to the law doesn't mean law enforcement can.

Like it or not pot is illegal. Don't like it, change the laws.

Posted by: LP44 | October 4, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

DC is completely controlled by liberals - and pot is STILL illegal? What useless phoneys. Scared, pathetic polititions. At least the far right libertarians can see the utter waste this moronic war on drugs is. I cannot stand hypocrites - and liberals are becoming more and more so.

Posted by: Trout1 | October 4, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

8' high pot plants in Georgetown? Coeds, curmudgeons, you name it, they all saw it. And somebody called it. I don't know if it's from smoking too much weed, or just plain stupid, but these two deserve to lose their jobs and mop the dirtiest floors when they do their community service. Their poor kids are probably being teased mercilessly at school.

Posted by: Fleurtelle | October 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. needs to focus on MORE IMPORTANT issues such as IMMIGRATION ISSUES...Here in California we are infested with ILLEGAL ALIENS they collect welfare, subsidized housing, I work for the School district there are Illegal immigrants working there...family and friends work for DPSS, government, city and county jobs and they have the same situation at they workplace...WHY? There are EDUCATED English speaking AMERICANS THAT are UNEMPLOYED who DESERVE these jobs...Americans are turned down for public assistance but the illegals are getting the benefits that are meant for AMERICANS....Concentrate on DEPORTING THEM ALL we will not be in DEBT

Posted by: ltanya | October 4, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media bias explained.

Posted by: gtsmoker | October 5, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree with sherpadoug: I've smoked pot for a long time and have never committed a violent crime!

Posted by: Buckaroo6 | October 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with sherpadoug: I've smoked pot for a long time and have never committed a violent crime!

Posted by: Buckaroo6 | October 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with sherpadoug: I've smoked pot for a long time and have never committed a violent crime!

Posted by: Buckaroo6 | October 10, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This year in California, we're going to vote on legalizing pot smoking for recreational use. Hope we don't blow it. BTW, where are all the medical marijuana users and supporters like me? Come on, people- speak up!

Posted by: Buckaroo6 | October 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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