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Austin police bust man selling overpriced weed on Craigslist

For any of you aspiring dealers out there, advertising your goods on Craigslist is a dumb idea.

An Austin man found out that the police read Craigslist too after an officer arranged a meeting with him after seeing his advertisement.

Responding to a posting entitled “420 Connection!!” which read “High! Sunny tday. I’m here for those looking for the budz, so kind, so green! I’m always Cali-style, fast, easy, friendly and central. Sweet smokie for those reg tokers,” the officer agreed to meet Corey Lynn Plumlee after calling the phone number he listed.

The officer met Plumlee and bought a half ounce. Shortly later Plumlee was arrested and charged with delivery of marijuana, a state jail felony and his bail was set at $6,000.

Selling weed through a very public forum wasn’t the real crime here though. Selling buds at the price of $220 per half ounce was the real crime, especially when dispensary grade cannabis has been going for $10-$15 per gram.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Still, the police could have been doing something much more effective with their time, but with such low dangling fruit, the temptation to make an easy bust on an idiot is hard to resist.

With marijuana related bills being presented during the previous five sessions of the Texas legislature, most recently HB 184 introduced by Rep. Harold Dutton and championed by Texas NORML this year which would have reduced penalties for the possession of one ounce or less to a $500 fine with no jail time, and a pair of polls showing 58% of Texans supporting legalization while 79% oppose jailing people over the matter, it is only a matter of time before stories like this start to become a thing of the past.

Only with the help of fellow Texans though can we begin to put forth our limited police resources towards more pressing ends and stop jailing and fining people for possessing a non-toxic and medically therapeutic plant.

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. joel
    December 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Yeah sure… Dispensary grade weed goes for $10 a gram. But this isn’t a legal or medical state. So prices are much higher. $220 for a half is too expensive even by Texas pricing. I get my zones for $200. He was just plain stupid.

    • December 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      The point is, it’s pretty likely that he did not have dispensary grade bud, so all things considered, that is way overpriced.

  2. December 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love it… the real crime was what he was charging. Too funny.

  3. December 26, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Jury nullification. Jury nullification. Jury nullification. Please can we talk about jury nullification? We must have each other’s backs, exercise our Constitutional right to a trail by a jury of our peers, and have enough of an informed citizenry that at least one out of 12 are aware that they can vote “not guilty” for a law they feel has been misapplied or is unconstitutional.

    • silver
      December 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Yes any marijuana case I’m juror on is ‘not guilty’

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