Some people are apparently so eager to legalize they forget they’re still committing a crime.

A woman in East Texas called police to complain the weed she bought from her dealer wasn’t good enough. She was promptly arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Evelyn Hamilton
Evelyn Hamilton

Police in Lufkin, Texas, said Evelyn Hamilton, 37, called them after she bought weed from her dealer. She decided it wasn’t dank enough and tried to get her money back. The dealer wouldn’t return it, so she turned to police.

Not surprisingly, they responded to the call by arresting her. When they arrived and asked whether she still had any of the pot, she pulled a small amount from her bra, said police Sgt. David Casper.

Hamilton said she paid her dealer $40 and got “seeds and residue” in return. She said she called the police when the dealer’s family wouldn’t help her get her money back. She didn’t say why she bought such obvious schwag in the first place.

Marijuana is far from legal in Texas. Possession of two ounces or less is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. The state is particularly aggressive about cannabis enforcement, so calling the cops to settle a black market dispute isn’t exactly wise.

But even if Hamilton lived in a state where weed is legal – Washington, say, or Colorado – turning to law enforcement wouldn’t do her much good. Both states require accurate labeling of THC content, but it’s doubtful police could force a return or exchange.

Still, it’s a good argument for legalization. At least in a state where pot is legal, users can be sure the product they’re getting is worth they money they’re spending. There’s no shifty dealer waiting around the corner to rip them off.


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