Buzz harshed: Sheriff arrests eight in Phelps pot probe

Via JWF, it’s the modern equivalent of a Prohibition speakeasy raid. What a joy to know that it’s not just the economy in 1930s mode nowadays.

I’m not sure if I want him fired or put in charge of ICE.

Lott says the picture indicated a law was being broken in his jurisdiction. He said he couldn’t ignore the violation just because Phelps is rich and famous…

We’ve also learned that the department has located and confiscated that bong.

Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000.

The owner, who wasn’t even at the party, is one of the eight now charged.

Phelps is not one of those charged at this point, but the sheriff’s department has strong evidence that matches the photo to the house on Blossom Street.

Not until this very moment did I know that merely owning a bong was illegal. Thanks, Wikipedia! Exit question: Given Phelps’s fame and the fact that marijuana advocates are spoiling for a fight on his behalf, would putting him on trial — preferably on TV — be the best thing that ever happened to the legalization movement? And, follow-up question: Whom do we contact to urge him not to plea bargain?