Bruce BarcottOctober 14, 2019

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A Delaware man stands accused of driving a stolen van filled with 131 pounds of cannabis plants.

Healthcare marijuana is legal in Delaware, but adult-use cannabis is not. So on Tues., Oct. eight, Dover Police arrested 24-year-old Jaquell McDonald and charged him with 3 drug-connected crimes and 1 count of tampering with physical proof.

The police released images of McDonald’s allegedly stolen van late final week. Primarily based on the visual proof, it is clear that the only actual crime right here was the mistreatment of a cannabis garden (and van) by people today with no respect for the plant.

The fruits of prohibition: Trashed cannabis plants, trashed minivan. (Courtesy of City of Dover Police Division)

Clean green recycling?

Dover police said in a statement released final Thursday that a report of a suspicious automobile led officers to pull more than McDonald in the early afternoon. A verify of the license plate determined that the automobile had been stolen out of state police jurisdiction.

Officers searched McDonald and located him to have 72.9 grams of cannabis on his particular person. Then they opened the van’s sliding door.

“A search of the van led to the discovery of an added 131.four pounds of marijuana plants,” reported the police.

No time to place the seat down, apparently. (Courtesy of City of Dover Police Division)

A forest inside

“Search” is a sturdy word for the investigative work expected.

The interior of the van, according to the police images, was stuffed with a veritable forest of mistreated cannabis. Complete plants appear to have been hastily uprooted and tossed into the van. A lot of branches had been crudely broken. Leaves and flowers, deprived of water, wilted and browned. It is unclear whether or not McDonald was hauling the waste from a harvested cannabis develop or moving some stolen plants hastily hoiked from their potting soil.

These arrested are viewed as innocent till established guilty, and it may possibly turn out that the van wasn’t stolen and McDonald was just cleaning up right after the harvest of a legal health-related marijuana facility.

Dirty kief on the back seat: That ain’t gonna just brush off. (Courtesy of City of Dover Police Division)

A tally of prohibition waste

Whilst the Dover police clearly took pride in the bust, it points out the continuing waste and futility of cannabis prohibition.

Stolen van aside, what McDonald may possibly have been undertaking here—hauling a bunch of trashed plants to either a trimming group, an extraction facility, or a refuse disposal site—is in numerous states a legal, paid job. Had been it not for prohibition, McDonald could have transported the plants in his personal pickup truck. Or borrowed a friend’s. Or if he worked for a legal, licensed corporation, he’d have driven the corporation van.

But the state of Delaware has selected to hold cannabis illegal. So what gets trashed are plants, a minivan, and 1 man’s liberty and profession prospects.

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Bruce Barcott

Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and function projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People today: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.