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Texas Women Sexually Assaulted By Police Over Marijuana Smell


So you say you don’t smoke pot, so how could the War on Drugs affect me?

Watch that video. It’s in Texas, but it could be anywhere in America… well, except now Washington and Colorado, because marijuana is not contraband there, and the smell of it in a car is not probable cause to search its driver and passengers.

In the video, reported by the UK Daily Mail and all over the national and international media, a trooper pulls over two women – a woman and her niece – for allegedly throwing a cigarette butt out of the car.

While talking to the women in the car over a littering charge, the trooper claims he smells marijuana.  He then searches the car and finds no marijuana.  He then administers a sobriety test, which the woman who was driving passed.  No marijuana, no impaired driving, and the observation of a police officer that they might have littered from a car that smells like pot.

Texas Cavity Search

So, naturally, he calls a female trooper to the scene to search the women for any contraband marijuana they might have been hiding under their breasts, in their colons, or up their vaginas.  Because sober littering driver pot smell drugs r bad, mmmkay?

No, really.  The female trooper puts on a pair of latex gloves, tugs on the bras and feels up the underboob of the first lady, then reaches down the crack of her ass to insert a finger into her anus, then turns her around to reach down the front of her pants to slip two fingers into her vagina.  Then the female officer repeats the process with the other lady, without changing gloves.

Why?  Because marijuana is contraband.  Medical marijuana doesn’t fix this.  Decriminalization doesn’t fix this.  Only legalization makes the possession of marijuana the possession of something that is not contraband.

When one of the ladies, in shock, expresses the outrage she feels over being sexually assaulted by people with guns for allegedly littering, the male trooper actually says, “It’s because someone’s a daily [pot]smoker in that car, you can attribute it to that.”

When they started the “Don’t Mess With Texas” anti-littering campaign, I do not think this was what they had in mind.  What was the government’s interest here, protecting other drivers in case one of them whipped out a blunt from her ladyparts and lit it up while driving?  That they may have been drug mules trying to smuggle… well, how much marijuana do you suppose they could have been carrying up there, anyway?

The women are, of course, suing the shit out of the state troopers involved.  It also turns out that one of the ladies’ legally prescribed bottles of hydrocodone was missing, last handled by the police during the search.  The women never gave consent to be searched and when questioning the searches were told, “don’t worry about that.”  And the state troopers have been ignoring consistent complaints about this kind of punitive strip searching activity.


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Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.



    For all those outraged by this story (like myself) there is an upside. The two women are suing the Texas police department and will EASILY win. Any first year law student could tell you that the cavity search was not only handled improperly (side of the road c’mon), but that a cavity search in this situation is completely illegal. One could make an argument that a pat down may be legal, but there is no argument to support a cavity search. So the women will win and hopefully will receive due compensation for being humiliated and violated. And if we’re really lucky, the Texas cops will learn something but I doubt it.

  2. HmmmSaysDavidHume on

    It’s the officers who are the criminals in this situation. It’s no accident that this occured in Texas. It’s a state whose schools rank among the lowest nationally. It’s a state that has executed more prisoners than any other, despite overwhelming evidence that people are convicted wrongly. It’s a state that regularly violates civil liberties in both it’s laws and enforcement, and is among the most racially-biased in their arrest and conviction records. And the culture is generally one where equally greedy and judgmental businessmen are relocating there in droves because of the enormous tax breaks promised them. Right next door is Oklahoma, whose drug laws are so draconian that (not surprisingly) even people like Spotted Crow receive prison sentences of more than a decade for simple possession.

    No, this is no surprise whatsoever. To live in Texas is to live in a police state. And we know they are looking after us all as guardians and protectors.

  3. Yep, I’ve been there. Webster City, TX. Police did the same to my wife and I about a year ago. She did not have the luxury of “femal Officers” and they broke my wrist with there hand cuffs :). FUCK TEXAS

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