Girl Asks For Weed On Twitter, Is Called Out By Cops & Has Best Response Ever
While retail marijuana has been doing phenomenally well lately, in states where recreational marijuana use remains illegal, purchases still have to be made on the DL. Florida will be voting on medical marijuana this November, but for the moment, the state’s police still take marijuana crimes pretty seriously, which caused a slight bump in the road for Twitter user @preznixon16, a high school senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota visiting Sarasota, Florida earlier this month. The girl asked for weed on Twitter, only for police to tweet her back three days later with a cheeky warning.
“WHOS IN SARASOTA FLORIDA AND HAS WEED #Sarasota?” she asked Sarasota-based Twitter users, to which the Sarasota Police Department responded:
At this point, you’d expect the high school student to back down and maybe disappear from social media for a day or two. After all, police officers literally invited her to the Sarasota police station, which, you’d think would be all the more scary to a tourist.
Instead, Ms. @preznixon16 proved to have quite the sense of humor, and some fight and rebellion in her, too. Not only did she retweet the Sarasota Police Department’s response, but she also retweeted a mic-drop meme highlighting the all-around stupidity of the War on Drugs.
See for yourself:
And, alas, the meme she retweeted:
And now, for some depressing statistics about the disastrous effects of police “protecting us from leaves,” to ruin an otherwise epically hilarious story, courtesy of The Drug Policy Alliance:
- “With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world,” predominantly due to the War on Drugs.
- “There were more than 1.5 million drug arrests in the U.S. in 2014. The vast majority – more than 80 percent – were for possession only.”
- “Almost 500,000 people are behind bars for a drug law violation on any given night in the United States – 10 times the total in 1980.”
But ultimately, the problematic nature of the War on Drugs doesn’t stop at mass incarceration. One arrest can lead to a lifetime of discrimination and severely restrict future employment opportunities, which might just be the life-ruining referred to in the meme above.
And FYI, @preznixon16 is more than just a teenage-stoner/savage meme queen – she has some pretty respectable views on marijuana legalization and the Drug War, too.
Instead of just laughing at her story, she really wants you to think critically about it:
Alas, on a less serious but equally dismaying note, no, @preznixon16 did not end up finding any weed, as Mashable’s Brian Koerber learned by reaching out to her on Twitter.
Still, despite its unhappy ending, the Twitter exchange remains among the Internet’s most captivating sagas of all time, in my opinion.