From CNN:

A truck with three tons (2.7 metric tons) of marijuana was found abandoned on a freeway ramp with its engine still warm, authorities said.

A California Highway Patrol officer saw the rented truck partially blocking the ramp Wednesday night and stopped to offer help before smelling marijuana, CHP Sgt. Telfinues Preszler Jr. said.

The officer found plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana in the back, with an estimated street value of $20 million.

And a quote from the officer further in the article:

"Somebody’s going be in some major trouble for walking away and leaving that quantity sitting on the side of the freeway," Preszler said. "I’m glad I’m not him."

Now I’m sure it was unintended, but it struck me as amusing that the officer’s words imply that the suspect was in much more trouble for intentionally abandoning a truck on a freeway, possibly causing a traffic jam, than he would be for the possession of marijuana.

Read it again – that’s technically what he said. And in fact, there’s more harm done to society from blocking traffic than there is from marijuana. Perhaps we should adjust the penalties accordingly…

  • Nancy

    Are you sure that’s what he meant? When I read it, and when I read it again, my impression was that the person who abandoned the truck/drugs would be in trouble with the person who put up the money for the drugs. After all, he’s out $20 million, right?

  • Nancy:

    Thanks for the comment.

    But no, I’m sure that he didn’t mean that the traffic violation was more aggregious (legally) than the tons of marijuana. However, I found it interesting that that’s what he said, and that’s how it ought to be.

    That’s all.

  • Mark

    The cop is saying that he is going to be in much more trouble from the boss/drug lord/drug cartel that he is working for than anything else.

    Pretty much drug cartel just lost 20 million, and someone’s head is going to roll.

  • Yes, Mark, you may be right.

    Sometimes I’ll write something as a bit of a joke – and then afterwards I remember that tone of voice doesn’t always come through over the internet 🙂

  • Ginna

    The officer said someone is going to be in a lot of trouble for
    leaving that “quantity” sitting on the side of the freeway… I really don’t think he was talking about it causing a traffic jam in any way. I’m sure he meant the guy was as good as dead.