Woman Arrested For Handing Out Cannabis Cookies At St Patrick's Day Parade
A woman was arrested at a St Patrick's Day parade for allegedly handing out cannabis-infused cookies and gummy candies.
Police were called to a fire station in Wescott, Wisconsin, USA, on Saturday after a witness claimed they had been given a weed cookie (or biscuit) by a woman in a green St. Patrick's Day hat and leather coat.
Officers eventually found 57-year-old Cathleen Krause at a bar where she pulled out a gallon-sized bag full of crumbs, according to NBC26. She was also found to be in possession of gummy candies - which came in a package that stated they contained THC - and was subsequently arrested.
The affidavit, seen by Action 2 News, states that Krause was 'visibly intoxicated' with an odour of 'alcohol and marijuana on her breath' at the time of arrest, and she certainly doesn't appear too stressed in her mugshot.
All of the treats later tested positive for cannabis.
Krause was charged with delivering and possession of THC, as well as three counts of possession of a controlled substance. She is no longer permitted to leave Wisconsin without permission and has been ordered to maintain total sobriety as part of her $1,000 bond.
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She appeared in court to be charged on 18 March and her next court appearance is scheduled for 1 April for an adjourned initial appearance.
Only the sale of medical marijuana is permitted in the state of Wisconsin, and even then on a limited basis. Recreational use of the drug is illegal and being found in possession is punishable by up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine.
However, the recreational use of the drug is legal in 10 other states, namely: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. The drug is also legal for medical use in a total of 33 states.
Last October, Canada celebrated becoming the largest legal marijuana market in the world. However, the laws on public consumption vary across the country.
In some places they have fairly relaxed laws regarding public smoking, while others prohibit it and can impose hefty fine for those in breach. The province of Alberta, for example, has some of the most liberal public smoking laws, however, its biggest city, Calgary, restricts usage to designated areas.
Featured Image Credit: Shawano County Jail
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