Don't get confused: Medical use is still not allowed in Florida

3357331835 Every one knows what happens to those who abuse weed, and there are plenty of popular jokes to reference the damage.

Do you know the difference between a drunk and a stoner behind the wheel? It is that the drunk will drive through the stop sign. The pothead waits for it to turn green.

Or have you ever heard the one about the pothead who studied for five days for a urine test?

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement doesn't want that to happen to you. They are afraid that legalizing it for medical purposes would send the wrong message to young people and that the move had to do more with profit than with compassion.

There may be more profits than compassion in this market. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws claims that in Florida it's production value is second to oranges and above of sugarcane and grapefruit.

On a mission in Florida, Kim Russell, the founder of People United For Medical Marijuana, is using online social networks to target college students. He hopes to collect 676,811 signatures from registered voters for a petition the Florida Division of Elections already approved. He is on Twitter.

In the meantime punishment remains severe: Posession of 20 grams or less of marijuana can still lead to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Selling or growing pot within 1,000 feet of a school, college, public park, public housing, daycare center, or church is still punishable by up to 15 years in prison and carrries a fine of $10,000.

Here is the memo from the U.S. Department of Justice authorizing the medical use of marijuana in state's where it is allowed (AK, CA, CO, HI, ME, MI, MT, NV, NM, OR, RI, VT, and WA).

Drunkest guy ever goes for more beer

Two drunk drivers for the price of one

They should have called a cab.

First, police on Long Island, N.Y. watched as a woman tried to make a three-point turn.

She failed. (I'd hate to see her try and parallel park)

So then the man in the passenger seat got behind the wheel and finished the job for her.

Police pulled the car over and charged both with drunken driving, the Associated Press reports.

"We have two individuals arrested for driving the same car intoxicated,'' police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said.

Just in case, we've attached an instructional video below.

10th DUI: Congrats, you're going to jail

Janet When cops pulled over the smiley Janet Landrum (left) this weekend, they say the Manatee County accountant was drunk behind the wheel, and it wasn't her first time.

Wasn't her second or third or eighth time, either. Landrum, 41, has been arrested 10 times on DUI charges over the past 20 years, records show.

Landrum's been busted in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and six times in Florida -- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. No one has ever been injured in any of the incidents, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Landrum also has a number of arrests for driving with a revoked license.

"To get caught 10 times, obviously the majority of the time you're driving you are probably impaired," Manatee County sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow said.   

TV anchor pees "on your side"

4853924_240x180 Norman Robinson (left) is a longtime TV news anchor for WDSU NewsChannel 6 in New Orleans. According to his bio on the station's website, Robinson is a church deacon, a charity volunteer and host of the popular 6 On Your Side feature.

Add "DUI defendant" and "public urinator" to the list. Police arrested Robinson, 57, over the weekend after he apparently flipped his car while driving drunk (cops say his blood-alcohol content was .13, more than 1.5 times the driving limit). He was not badly injured.

Besides the usual DUI and reckless driving charges, Robinson also got slapped with a public urination citation. Officers said the dapper newsman took it out and relieved himself in front of them when he got out of his car. 

No word yet from the station about whether bosses plan to discipline Robinson.

It reminds me of Jeff Burnside's DUI arrest in December. An officer stopped Burnside, 50, an investigative reporter for Miami's WTVJ-NBC 6, after seeing him driving his Jaguar without its lights on at 5:40 a.m. near Lincoln Road. It's unclear what came of that case -- I couldn't get the court record to pop up on the justice system website tonight -- but Burnside is back at work. 

I've been a bad blogger

Sorry for the recent silence. You know how things are.

You'll forgive me after you watch this.

Ouch.

Who's drunker now?

Zubo A Titusville couple got into an argument in a Publix parking lot Thursday night over which one was sober enough to drive home.

Neither one won that fight. The hubby, Richard Zubowicz (left), pushed his wife to the ground, circled the car around the parking lot, then he ran over her with the car, Brevard County investigators say.

Becky Zubowicz was so tightly pinned, cops had to use a jack to get her out from under the car. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Richard was in jail without bond, charged with domestic violence and DUI with serious injury.

Woman buckles in beer, not child

Tina_williams_2A woman remembered to buckle up her case of Busch beer during a trip in St. Augustine on Super Bowl Sunday.

But when it came to a one-year-old girl in the back seat, the woman seems to have forgotten, First Coast News reported.

Police in St. Augustine say the woman, who identified herself as Tina Williams, ran a red light and swerved on the road before she was stopped.

When an officer asked why the girl, who was in the back seat with her mother, didn't have a seat belt, Williams apparently said: ‘‘I don't know."

A deputy arrested her for DUI after she staggered when she got out of the car and failed a field sobriety test, according to First Coast News.

She faces a number of charges, including driving under the influence.

Read the full story on First Coast News

 
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