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Men Face Marijuana, Weapon Charges After Traffic Stop in Canton

The following information was provided by the Canton Township Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

Canton Township Police were on patrol Sept. 21 when a driver was observed driving his vehicle into Griffin Park at night, then turning off his lights, according to a police report.

When an officer approached the vehicle, the officer noticed it was full of smoke and had two men inside, the report said. The officer observed what appeared to be a marijuana blunt between one occupant’s fingers, the report said, and one man put the apparent blunt out when the officer approached.

When the officer opened the door, there was a strong odor of what appeared to be burning marijuana from inside the car, the report said.

One man told police he had a medical marijuana card but did not have it with him and could not call someone to bring it to the officer, and the other man told police he did not own a card, the report said.

As the officer searched one man, the other man appeared to be fidgeting and the officer heard a “clank” sound, the report said. The officer found a steel butterfly stiletto-style knife on the ground next to the man’s shoe, the report said.

Police recovered a partially smoked suspected marijuana blunt from the top of a can on the center armrest, a plastic sandwich bag with suspected marijuana from the center dashboard area, and tiny contained with suspected marijuana “shake” inside a compact disc case from the back seat of the vehicle, the report said.

Police arrested one man on charges of possession and use of marijuana, and the second man on charges of possession and use of marijuana and possession of a dangerous weapon, the report said.

For questions about this crime report, email john.mckay@patch.com.

Bill Hue September 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Do our officers really have nothing better to do? Start fighting real crime and stop wasting OUR money, gimme a break!
JLG October 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
That is crime - what part of marijuana don't you understand?
Bryan Bentley (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The police officers arrested them for a crime that is on the books. What are they supposed to do? Are they supposed to unilaterally decide what "real crime" is? Their job is to enforce the law, not decide what the law should be. Bill, I suggest you take up your complaint with those who make the laws, not insult those whose job is to enforce the laws.
Bruce October 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Alcohol is far more evil but not defined to be a controlled substance. Go figure.
Bill Hue October 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Bryan - Every police department has enforcement priorities. There is no police department in the world that enforces every law in the books and enforces all of them with the same vigor. If our police have enough time to worry about people smoking marijuana, either we have too many police officers and need to start laying some off and saving the township money (our money), or they are neglecting real crime, such as burglary or assault. Now we have to pay for the legal system's administrative costs for handling these two men, we have to pay for any time they spend in jail or prison, we have to pay for the probation officer and the drug tests they will have to take while on probation, and we have to pay the social costs for two men who will no longer have access to good jobs and possibly turn to real crime because of a criminal record. We get a lot of costs for this and no benefits to us. It's time for our police department to set priorities.

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