Teen Accused Of Advertising Illegal Marijuana Business On Snapchat

By Bryan Le 03/12/18

Marijuana may be legal in some places, but attempting to sell it on Snapchat remains illegal in all 50 states.

Snapchat app logo displayed on a smartphone.
Snaps disappear, evidence doesn't.

In yet another cautionary tale illustrating why you should be careful of what you post on social media, a woman has been arrested after allegedly advertising her illegal marijuana business on Snapchat.

According to police, a 19-year-old Nebraska woman took the ill-advised action of photographing a large bag of the green stuff and posting it on the popular social media site in an attempt to sell the drugs.

“Hit me up,” the photo was captioned.

Unfortunately for the snap’s creator, Madison Carlson, just because Snapchats disappear from the inboxes of followers doesn’t mean it’s invisible to the long arm of the law. Authorities saw it and evidently determined the snap to be extremely incriminating.

Said authorities made their way to Carlson’s residence around 9:30 p.m., just in time to reportedly catch two cars in an alley with their lights suspiciously on. The officers approached the vehicles and allegedly caught Carlson with a female passenger in her car, which, according to the police report, smelled strongly of marijuana.

In the other car, the officers discovered a male juvenile hiding a bag of marijuana in his waistband.

The two female suspects initially told police that they had gotten rid of the marijuana, before eventually giving up $80 in cash and 32 grams of the product.

They also reportedly admitted to selling to the male juvenile with the intent of dividing the profits between them. Carlson also allowed officers to search her home, where they found drug paraphernalia.

Given the circumstances and hard evidence, the authorities found it fit to charge Carlson with “possession of drug money, two counts contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia,” according to The Daily Sun.

Charges against the juvenile, if any, could not be confirmed.

While Nebraska does not throw people in jail for possessing small amounts of marijuana, it is a fineable offense. Selling in the state still is a felony.

Some lawmakers in the state proposed the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act in 2015, which would have legalized the use of marijuana in pill or liquid form for medical use, but the bill was blocked in the state senate.

Unregulated, social-media based marijuana sales remain illegal everywhere.

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter