SOCIAL MEDIA TO “WEED-OUT” ILLEGAL SALES OF POT! IN STATES WHERE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IS PERMITTED, THE POLICE ARE USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO TRICK BUYERS INTO ENGAGING IN ILLEGAL SALES OF POT.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: The police post all over the comment sections in popular cannabis websites and pose as either dispensaries who will ship discreetly or as growers who are willing to ship, in order to entrap buyers who should instead be purchasing at a licensed pot shop. Once someone starts to go down this path by responding to these posts, they are in the sights of the police and have the potential of being arrested.
The police in Colorado are even creating fake Facebook pages that have photos and back stories about their ‘invisible’ grows in order to get marijuana users in trouble. Craigslist is also be utilized to attract buyers. A Colorado man was busted in this very way for trying to purchase 36 pounds of pot from a ‘fake’ dispensary. The goal in these instances is to make sure that people use only the legal methods that have been put in place to purchase their cannabis.
Perhaps this is entrapment but to date, it has not been challenged successfully becauseThe police have been able to gather enough evidence to show that the suspect had a predisposition for selling drugs. Plea deals are also common in these instances.
It’s a funny twist to the story of marijuana legalization. The police need to continue to be creative in order to catch those who still refuse to go the legal route when buying their cannabis.