Ohio Man Calls Police, Demands Return of "Prestige Weed"

By Paul Gaita 09/09/19

Officers tried, with little success, to explain to the caller that weed is still illegal in Ohio.

man shouting into phone demanding police return his weed
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An Ohio man called 911 to demand the return of a small amount of marijuana that he alleged was stolen from his home by police officers.

The Sharonville Police Department posted a recording of the call on its Facebook page, in which an unidentified man harangued a sergeant at the dispatch about the loss of four grams of his "prestige weed" – which he claimed was legally his to possess after what he described as the passage of a state law which allowed 100 grams for recreational use in Ohio.

When informed that the law – which was, in reality, an ordinance passed in Cincinnati, Ohio - actually decriminalized possession of up 100 grams within city limits, the caller grew irate and charged the sergeant with looking into its loss.

The Sharonville PD post concluded by noting that recreational marijuana was "still ILLEGAL… per our STATE LAW."

"The mother f---ers took it!"

The New York Post broke down the remarkable exchange in its coverage, which opened with the caller claiming that two police officers had come to the hotel where he was staying in Sharonville at approximately 2:30 in the morning, and according to his wife – whom he identified as "Marilyn Manson" – made off with his marijuana without leaving a ticket for possession.

"It was only, like, four grams, but it was, like, you know, prestige weed," said the caller. "And the motherf---ers took it."

The caller then asserted that the marijuana was legally his to possess, and cited an alleged state law that allowed for the possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana for recreational use in the Buckeye State.

Dispatch Sergeant Mark Dudleson attempted to inform the caller that he was incorrect ("Where did you get that information from?"), to which the caller said that since he was in Hamilton County – one of two counties in which Sharonville is located – he was well within state rights.

When Sgt. Dudleson attempted to again correct the caller's assumption, he was met with an angry response.

"What do you mean it's not, dude?" the caller said. "I know I'm right here, dude. Don't try to f---ing talk to me like I'm dumb." He then demanded to know if any officers had turned in confiscated marijuana, adding that he was willing to "take [the case] as far as you want to go."

When pressed for information by Sgt. Dudleson on the alleged incident, such as the name of the hotel where the theft was reported to have taken place, the caller took an abrupt about-face. "I can tell this is a losing situation," he said, before reiterating the particulars of the supposed theft and then wishing the sergeant a good evening.

Cincinnati Marijuana Ordinance

In June 2019, the Cincinnati City council passed an ordinance that decriminalized possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana with no age limit, but only within the city limits.

As WCPO coverage noted, the ordinance only affected areas within the city of Cincinnati; townships or municipalities outside of Cincinnati – such as Sharonville – would apply their own marijuana-related laws to persons found with that amount.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.