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Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

Posted on: June 11, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 10:59 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Every time an NFL player ends up in the back of the metaphorical squad car, we've joked that Ray Lewis' "No football means more crime" theory of human behavior might be closer to the truth that we'd like to admit.

In just the past week, NFL-related arrests have included the wife of Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (for the sixth time since 2009), and Thursday night, Colts running back Javarris James added his name to the list.

According to TheIndyChannel.com, James, who is cousins with former Indy RB Edgerrin James, was pulled over by Fort Myers, Florida, police "on suspicion of driving with car windows that were too darkly tinted" (if the charge sounds familiar it's because it happens frequently, often to football players). When officers approached James' car they smelled marijuana and found a bud in the center console and more pot on the floor.

James, 23, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Like his cousin, Edgerrin, James grew up in nearby Immokalee, Florida, and played collegiately at the University of Miami. He signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010 but was released on September 4. After brief stops in New England and Washington (and we mean really brief -- he lasted a day with each team), James again signed with Indianapolis. He saw action in 10 games, and totaled 112 yards rushing and 63 yards receiving.

As Colts blog Stampede Blue noted Saturday, when Indy "selected Delone Carter in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the general sense was that Javarris James' days with the Colts were numbered." Getting caught with weed probably doesn't help his chances.

Meanwhile, we eagerly await Ray Lewis' theory on crime control. Because if the lockout doesn't end soon we're going to need it.

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Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:58 am
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

I realize that someone is going to fire back with some "data" that they heard somewhere about the cancer causing problems with marijuana, however, if they are going to throw that at me, they should find some data that compares the cancer rates of marijuana smokers to the general population and cigarette smokers, that information would shock you.  Also, marijuana doesn't have to be smoked. 



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:54 am
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

it's not safe and it's not always "natural" like people think it is
Actually, unless tampered with, it is natural.  There is no reason that the stuff you would purchase would have anything on it if you are actually going through someone that has quality stuff.  Also, it is the by far the safest thing that we call a drug that you can put into your body.  Aspirin has killed more people in the last year than marijuana has since humans first found out that the plant makes you feel funny.  There is also zero chance to become physically addicted to the substance, and the mental withdrawal symptoms are only for a matter of a day or two.  Name one drug that is more dangerous than marijuana, just one.



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

The players getting into trouble are suppose to be adults.  They are responsible for thier actions ANYTIME. Not the owners.  It is bad enough that some need babysitters while their is a lockout.  These players dont help the image of players and they will cuase fans to think all players are idiots



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

Ok redwings1969, your point is well taken that whether it is a joint or a martini, using it while driving a motor vehicle is illegal and can endanger innocent bystanders!  I am not a pothead, but it just seems that putting pot users in jail with crooks that assault people or deal in large volumes of dangerous drugs seems excessive.  Aren't our jails full enough already?

Carmac3.  I apologize if I called the wrong person a pothead.... my mistake.   I don't necesarily feel people that get caught smoking pot should automatically be put in jail, I think that should depend on the situation because every situation is different...  my problem is when people on these boards don't recognize the dangers of pot... it's not safe and it's not always "natural" like people think it is....it screws with people's brain cells and isn't good for anybody's state of mind if they do it too on a daily basis or more often then they should.  Alcohol is terrible as well but in Canada where I am and in most states in the U.S they have very little trouble busting and convicting drunk drivers. Breathalyzers are very easy to use and accurate and in Canada and in most states if you refuse to blow into one they'll charge you with something else.... pot is a completely different story.   Only a blood test can prove somebody has smoked weed and it's very tough to prove the person smoked recently or that night while driving.... make it legal and more people will do it and that's not the answer.

 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

Was he actually smoking, or just finished smoking, while he was driving?
Well, think of it this way... were you actually drinking or were you just leaving the bar after 5 shots?  Kind of a moot point whether he was actually smoking up in the car or just finished since it's basically the same result.  You could even argue it would be better to light up when you're 5 minutes from home than leave a party where you've been smoking for an hour.  But either way, it's still illegal.  To answer your question as best I can, according to the article:

"When officers approached James' car they smelled marijuana and found a bud in the center console and more pot on the floor. "

Not sure why you have it on your center console (and some on the floor) if you weren't doing it in your car.  That's like having empty beer cans in your car... uh, I was on my way to the recycling center officer!

He was not arrested for DWI from what it says, just for possession.  Which is still illegal, like it or not (just like windows tinted too darkly are).  But it's basically the same as having an open container.  You may not be high or drunk yet, but you still aren't allowed to do it.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

But the big point with JJ is that he was doing it WHILE driving.
Was he actually smoking, or just finished smoking, while he was driving?  The smell of marijuana without being burned can be very potent, to the point of being able to smell it outside of a car while the windows and doors of the car are closed/shut.  Just because the smell was there, in no way means that he was in the process of smoking. 



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 10:42 am
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

Ok redwings1969, your point is well taken that whether it is a joint or a martini, using it while driving a motor vehicle is illegal and can endanger innocent bystanders!  I am not a pothead, but it just seems that putting pot users in jail with crooks that assault people or deal in large volumes of dangerous drugs seems excessive.  Aren't our jails full enough already?




Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 10:12 am
 

Javarris James arrested on marijuana charge

Crime? Come on it's 2011. Most intelligent people realize pot's as much a crime as drinking.
Most intelligent people realize pot's as much a crime a drinking?  Seriously???  Did you just actually say that?  I don't know about you, but at the grocery stores here there's a whole aisle for beer and wine.  They have entire package stores just to sell liqour, beer and wine.  I have yet to see an aisle in any store with weed.  Or a separate marijuana package store.  Argue in favor of legalization all you want, but saying it's not a crime is actually incorrect.  Most intelligent people ralize that when you do something illegal it's a crime.  Just because you don't like a law doesn't make the activity less criminal.  I think speed limits on interstates in rural areas are pointless but if I get pulled over I can't just say that what as was doing was as much a crime as NASCAR.

But the big point with JJ is that he was doing it WHILE driving.  Even if pot were to become legal, it would definitely not be legal to do it while driving.  You can't really compare the two if you don't take into account all the circumstances surrounding the incident.


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