When stopped by police, 21-year-old Karin Garcia Betancourt told officers her internal voice told her not to smoke marijuana today, but she says she did it anyway because it helps with her anxiety and to be more outgoing in her job as a waitress at a local Mexican restaurant. She was initially pulled over Thursday afternoon for going 79 in a 55 mph zone, but officers quickly determined she was under the influence of marijuana while driving. She gave officers the remaining roaches and blunts she had in the vehicle and was charged with DUI, drug possession, and driving without a license. The MNPD Officer noted she was “cooperative and friendly during the interaction” and she thoroughly explained how she was in the “process of cutting back from daily marijuana usage to weekly usage, with the eventual goal of no marijuana usage”. She is free on pre-trial release.
Rick Ebelhar, a prominent 38-year-old businessman visiting from Kentucky, was released on his own recognizance Sunday after punching a security guard at AJ’s Good Time Bar in downtown Nashville.
We now have the exclusive audio from inside the Wilson County, Tennessee, courtroom of Judge Haywood Barry. During a January 27th arraignment, Spencer Boston smoked a joint in open court while pleading his case, and the judge agreed that Tennesee’s marijuana laws are ‘probably unfair’, and will be the ‘happiest man in the world’ if the laws are changed.