In the wee hours of Thursday morning, a young man by the name of Bryan Bernhardt of Pearland TX was arrested at a gas station. He is currently being held on bonds totalling more than $80,000.00USD at the Brazoria County Jail.
He is charged with a "State Jail Felony" for possession of more than 1/4lb of marijuana but less than 5lbs of marijuana, a crime punishable by up to one year in a "State Jail" facility. He is also charged with possession of mushrooms and some prescription pills, which are felony charges.
Ironically, our state has decided a few years back, to introduce a level of crime not serious enough to send a person to prison...but serious enough to strip away damned near every bit of a person's civil liberties. They have named this level of offense a "State Jail Felony", and have named it by the level of cage they're going to put you in.
Now, let's look at why this man was arrested. According to the police, someone called 911 to say that someone was "driving recklessly". In other words, his manner of driving may have potentially harmed someone else...but didn't. That is, of course, if he was actually doing this in the first place.
Then, he was said to have allegedly "appeared intoxicated", which in most Public Intoxication arrests in Texas, is complete and utter bullshit. It's an excuse to arrest someone who may (or, in several cases, may not) be under the influence of an intoxicating substance when no other probable cause for arrest exists.
In order to be arrested for PI, one must A) be intoxicated on some form of drug not prescribed to him by a doctor, and B) must be considered a safety risk to himself or others. Simply being drunk in public on its own is not grounds for arrest in the state of Texas, per the laws of this state.
The real kicker, however, is what he was arrested for. Plants and pills. Pills are legal for anyone who gets a permission slip signed by a state-licensed dope dealer, and the plants are completely natural. Ironically, he was arrested at a gas station that sells one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet to anyone who has reached the age of 21...and I know this, because I have personally purchased alcoholic beverages from that very store.
Dafuq is going on in this country?