A Man is Arrested for Trying to Sell Marijuana on Facebook

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Man 2: The sentence an idiot is gonna get. Paul knows.

Man 1: From Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, it’s Paul Harding, talking about a story out of arrest of a guy, posted on Facebook, he had some weed to sell. And he ended up selling it, or at least attempting to sell it to a confidential informant or an undercover cop, one or the other. Well, I mean, there’s not a lot to talk about, except, well, what’s gonna happen to this kid?

Man 2: Yeah.

Paul: Well, he sort of jumped the gun. I think he’s reading all this potential of legalizing marijuana, and he thought, “Wow, maybe I missed something, maybe I can go out and do it now.” You can’t. He was caught with six pounds, and so you start getting into the pound thing, and the thing started getting pretty serious and you get people’s attention.

Man 1: Six pounds. That’s a lot of marijuana. What’s this kid doing with six pounds?

Man 2: Selling it, trying to.

Man 1: That’s amazing.

Paul: Yeah. Historically, when they find someone with that amount, they’re just trying to go up the chain, like, where do you get it from, you probably he doesn’t have a… He’s not growing in his house, he’s getting it from another distributor. So, we’ll see. I mean, it made the news, and no one’s gonna get near him, in terms of any of his distributors or things. But ultimately, yeah, he’s got some serious problems.

Man 2: If he doesn’t help out the cops or whatever, it’s just a straight arrest, would he go to jail for that?

Man 1: Worst case scenario for six pounds.

Paul: He’ll go to jail and they’re gonna, potentially, in a state jail, which means he’s in jail for more than one year. So we’ll see what happens. And again, it depends of what he ends up doing. If he doesn’t go to jail, then one just has to assume that he’s done something to help to curb the problem. But when I look at this and I think that, again, I read the article initially and I thought, “Oh, maybe there’s just some kid in western world who sort of miss the boat on this marijuana legalization thing.” But we had to think of marijuana like we do alcohol. Even when it passes, and by all indications, there’s gonna be some passage here at New York, still gonna be illegal to use or to purchase under the age of 21.

Man 2: Unless it’s in a red solo cup.

Man 1: No, no, under 21, not under 21, you’re right. The kid is under 21.

Paul: Yeah. Can you give me the license to grow and to sell it? And you can’t take it in public. And so, if you look at the way the rule… You can’t even, believe it or not, in New York state you cannot even distill your own liquor, even if you give it away. You say, “Wait, I know all these people that do that.” Well, technically, that’s a violation of the law. So it’s not gonna be this open season, a new industry for anyone roaming around the capital district.

Man 2: It’s still gonna be heavily regulated, it’s the same reason, like I think, at least according to the movies, cigarettes have stamps on ’em. You can’t just roll and sell your own cigarettes.

Man 1: Exactly, there’s markings, there’s SKU codes.

Man 2: You’ve been doing this a long time, Paul, it seemed that guy had tried to sell weed on Facebook. Does that even surprise you anymore?

Paul: Well, I guess, the Facebook part surprises me. I know that this stuff is still going on, and so the cavalier approach to saying, “Listen, I got some weed here,” I think he thought it was maybe just going out to his friends. But we forget in Facebook that it kind of goes out to the general public.

Man 1: Coming out today, public post.

Paul: Yeah, it’s just kind of public. He’s really saying, “I’m here. I’ve got weed. If you wanna come check it out,” you know what I mean.

Man 2: If you have six pounds of weed you go to prison. Okay?

Man 1: Paul, if he was your client, would you advise him to shut down his Facebook page? Because right now on his Facebook page, they’re making meth jokes on his page. I would shut that down if I was him.

Paul: Yeah, we run into that all the time. They need to shut down social media completely and turn it off and not respond, sometimes they even respond.

Man 1: Isn’t a good source to leave it open too, in case they’re looking for the guy he got the six pounds of weed from.

Paul: Yeah. All that stuff. So, yeah. But again, sometimes in the movies, they depict these criminals or masterminds, ultimately, most of the folks doing this don’t qualify in that category.

Man 2: And then just a follow up on something we talked about a couple of weeks ago, I read yesterday the governor has abandoned the stretch limo law. So making those stretches illegal I guess is not going to happen. That’s what I think I read yesterday.

Man 1: Really? Who’s the lobbying company against that?

Paul: It was a little far reaching to get rid of all stretch limos. What they need to do of course is regulate the ones that are there. This tragedy could have been avoided, that car should not have been on the road, and therefore, there’s gonna be legislation. Just the absolute banning of all didn’t do it, it was a little too much.

Man 2: Well, thank you, Paul. We appreciate it, my friend.

Man 1: Go see the girl eating the 15-pound lobster at a [inaudible 00:04:53] paid bar.

Paul: I will do it.

Man 1: You’re gonna love it, 19-minutes’ worth.

Man 2: Paul Harding for Martin, Harding and Mazzotti. Thanks, Paul.

Paul: Thank you, guys.

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