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Police Pursue Man With Pot

police-lightsA man led officers on a nine-mile pursuit in San Joaquin County on Saturday, said authorities. The California Highway Patrol were conducting a traffic stop and smelled marijuana from a car.

Officers asked 47-year-old Richard Scelzi to exit the vehicle, but Scelzi drove away, initiating a 20 minute long pursuit. He was taken into custody when he finally stopped in an orchard.

The California Highway Patrol found over 28.5 grams of marijuana in Scelzi’s car.

Despite the decriminalization of marijuana in California, clearly officers will investigate if they think someone has some on their person. Their are still limits on possession and debates are raging over driving while high. Though the rules have gotten more lax, but in essence marijuana is still illegal.


About Matt Brooks

Based in San Francisco, Matt is a journalist who has specialized in marijuana policy for more than five years. He provides regular news coverage on and

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