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Teen Seeks Medical Help After Using Hash, Cops Handcuff Him to Hospital Bed and Fine Him $7,000

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A 17-year-old California teenager got a lot more than he bargained for after smoking a marijuana resin concentrate.

Not only did the teen claim to experience a high that sent him into a panic, his attempts to seek medical help ended up with him handcuffed to a hospital bed by police officers, taken to juvenile detention, and hit with $7,000 in fines, all while he was still trying to overcome the strong effects of the drug.

The bizarre series of events kicked off when the teen, known only by his first name, Josh, smoked what the San Jose Mercury News refers to as "ear wax marijuana," which is one of the many nicknames for a pot product made from compressed resin. The product can have a THC concentration that exceeds 60%, according to World Drug Reports.

According to the Mercury News, Josh was entirely unfamiliar with the drug, and reported having a hallucinogenic experience. "The movie we were watching started to look 3-D. I kept seeing lights," he recounted of the evening. However, the sensory overload made him feel like he "was going to die."

The teen's friends took Josh's concerns seriously, and called his grandmother, Rhonda. She took Josh to the hospital.

The Mercury News reports that when the teen woke up in the hospital, he had been handcuffed to the bed by the police. Because of the potency of the drug, he was still experiencing its effects. Even so, officers put Josh under arrest. The Solano County police, whose stated mission is to "provide detention for youth charged with serious crimes, who otherwise cannot be safely released to the community," then took the stoned youth to a juvenile detention center. He remained there for three days, reportedly under the influence of the drug the whole time.

That is not all, though. The Mercury News writes that Josh's attempts to seek medical attention earned him "a year of probation and $7,000 in fines."

The teen expressed remorse about the end results of his actions, which cost his grandparents thousands. "I paid what I could, but they'll get all of their money back one day. I'm not gonna let them lose all of that money for one deed that I did," he said.

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  1. “He remained there for three days, reportedly under the influence of the drug the whole time.”

    Um…no.

    “The teen expressed remorse about the end results of his actions, which cost his grandparents thousands.”

    Wow, one would think he would have learned another lesson, namely the brutish, thuggish nature of government and law enforcement.

    1. He’s on probation now. He might be smart enough to keep his mouth shut.

    2. LMAO where the fuck did he get wax from that kept him high for 3 days?!

      Pure fucking bullshit.

      1. Of course it’s bullshit. This is the media we are talking about. The same media that ran hysterical articles about Kratom being more dangerous than Heroin, when the drug warriors wanted to ban it to add to their list of reasons to harass and persecute innocent people.

        1. You’re right, I don’t know why I expected easily refutable “facts” to not be thrown out there so carelessly.

  2. Who called the police, his doctors?!

    1. What an excellent question. If doctors on our medical staff ratted out a patient like this, they’d be explaining themselves to a review board chop-chop.

      I’m wondering what he was charged with, exactly. Is being really, really high actually against the law in CA?

      1. Possession of THC by his bloodstream.

        1. Could be – its illegal for under 21’s to have any alcohol in their blood.

          As many underage sailors found out after coming back from a trip to Tiajuana (back when you were still permitted to go to Mexico).

      2. He’s 17. Prolly required by law they report it.

        1. Not any law that I’m aware of. In California, here’s what it says:

          Child abuse and neglect, as defined in CANRA, includes: physical abuse, sexual abuse (including both sexual
          assault and sexual exploitation), willful cruelty or unjustified punishment, unlawful corporal punishment or injury, and neglect (including both acts and omissions).

          About the only thing I see that is even arguable here is “neglect.” And I’m really not seeing that.

    2. I don’t understand why doctors don’t nut up and ban police from interfering with medical treatment. The doctors hold all the power and have enormous political pull. They really should tell cops to stay the fuck out of their hospital until the patient is released.

      1. The same licensed profession that wants single-payer (aka the government).

      2. +1 Tazer

  3. The Mercury News reports that when the teen woke up in the hospital, he had been handcuffed to the bed by the police.
    […]
    That is not all, though. The Mercury News writes that Josh’s attempts to seek medical attention earned him “a year of probation and $7,000 in fines.”

    This kid got off lightly.

    He could have gone home in a body bag. Does anyone not remember the last time the cops confronted a perp who was asleep in bed? Rolling over was interpreted as “a reach”.

  4. “The movie we were watching started to look 3-D. I kept seeing lights,” he recounted of the evening. However, the sensory overload made him feel like he “was going to die.”

    I dunno, that sounds like a pretty standard reaction to watching a Guillermo del Toro movie.

    1. You’re right, Hugh. I should definitely go see Pacific Rim at the IMAX while really stoned.

      1. No, what I’m saying is that seeing a del Toro movie while sober is intense enough to make you feel like you’re dying, so seeing it while high coul?

        You know what Epi? That actually sounds like a great idea, you should go see it.

  5. Anybody else in favor of changing this ball of dirts name from “Earth” to “Planet of the Dickheads”?

    C’mon whose with me?!

  6. It’s becoming impossible to parody the police. I think we will soon need a more updated sense of humor to get by in this country. Possibly we could look for inspiration from old Soviet refugees.

  7. Why is hash not legal? That makes no sense.

    1. DRUGS ARE BAD MMKAY

  8. I just always assumed that taking someone to the hospital would get them in trouble. I’ve a few discussions over a passed-out party-goer about if they were close enough to alcohol poisoning to make taking them to the ER worth it.

  9. The real lesson he learned is: if you OD, don’t seek help.

    1. Isn’t this one of the main purposes of Obamacare, to force medical workers to rat out everyone to the government for whatever reason that they don’t like, guns, drugs, wrong diet, whatever?

  10. I have just one thing to say to Josh:

    PUSSY!

    1. Yeah, it’s just THC, dude. It won’t kill you or drive you insane. Just put on some nice music and ride it out.

  11. Jesus, are the newspapers just letting the DEA write their articles now? Not even the slightest skepticism at any of the claims made. Or any indication that absent prohibition, there might be better labeling of relative strength. No one gets alcohol poisoning because they thought they were drinking 4% beer when it turned out to be 10%. Nope, the only solution hinted at in the article is to not do drugs.

  12. I’d also suggest Josh Just Say No for the rest of his life. I’d highly advise against all-at-once consuming 1/4 oz dry weight stropharia cubensis or 25 blotter paper portraits of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

  13. The media are a bunch of total fucktard idiots. They truly don’t know anything, apparently, about anything, and believe anything that they are told, no matter how stupid it is. They actually believe this shit, coming from cops, who probably 99% of them, including the ones in the upper ranks, couldn’t tell a pot plant from a tomato plant if their life depended upon it.

    The good news, is that really, most people are starting to see past this hysteria. A majority are now totally sick of the WOD, the never ending foreign wars, the militarized police state, the lying media, the spying on everyone and constant erosion of civil liberties. It really does seem to me lately as I read comments around the web, that the sheeple are actually starting to wake up a little.

    1. A majority are now totally sick of the WOD, the never ending foreign wars, the militarized police state, the lying media, the spying on everyone and constant erosion of civil liberties.

      You are WAY too optimistic. Those people making the web comments you refer to aren’t a majority.

      Go outside sometime and talk to random people. Reality check.

  14. You are WAY too optimistic

    No, I’m not. I’ve been following internet blogs for the last 7 years. The tide has turned, quite a lot.

    If you think I am way too optimistic, you apparently haven’t read many of my posts here. I am just as cynical, nearly, as the most cynical person here.

    I am telling you what I am seeing. And it’s a pretty recent development.

    1. And, just in time for this, the cigarette ban post shows up

      1. Well, you can’t expect everyone to overnight turn into a Libertarian.

        You have to start somewhere. The fact that the public are starting to turn against the police state, wars, WOD, and domestic spying, is a start.

        I mean, all of those things worry me a bit more than banning smoking, as stupid and useless, and totally unenforceable as it is.

        1. Internet blogs != the voting public.

          You’re expecting primates to not act like primates. Libertarian personality types are probably a permanent minority.

          I haven’t been here long, lurked for a while but never read past the first 10 comments until recently so if what you say has truth to it then I look forward to being proven horribly wrong.

        2. how about everyone to overnight turn into a Liberace? or a 7-11?

    2. No, I’m not. I’ve been following internet blogs for the last 7 years.

      Go outside sometime and talk to random people. Reality check.

  15. lol, cops are stupid in general, thats all.

    http://www.Anon-Top.tk

  16. Fear of retaliation kept my nephew from life-saving techniques. The scumbag who was with him didn’t even both to call 911, just slipped thru the door.

    Prohibition kills.

    … Hobbit

  17. The teen should not have expressed remorse, he should have expressed extreme anger at the dipshits in charge for his treatment.

    Oh, but that’s right, fuck free thought or the ability to control the actions of your own person – THE STATE IS YOUR FRIEND COMRADE!

  18. How did this happen in a state that decriminalized?
    Sue these police into the next century.
    This is a crime against humanity.
    Legalize!
    Apologize!
    Compensate!
    Prosecute the Perpetrators!

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