Lacey Driver Faces Marijuana Possession Charge

A 21-year-old Lacey man was arrested for marijuana possession after being pulled over by township police.

The Jan. 12 traffic stop at Route 9 and Haines St. led to marijuana possession charges after police detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle being driven by Jesse L. Ehrnstrom of Buttonwood Drive, police said.

Officer Evan Androcy also observed small pieces of what he believed to be marijuana on the driver’s sweatshirt and on the interior of the vehicle, police said. An investigation at the scene led to the discovery of a clear plastic bag containing marijuana and two glass smoking pipes, according to police.

Ehrnstrom, who was later released pending a court date, was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ehrnstrom was also issued a traffic summonses for driving an unregistered vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, according to police.
ken January 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Every dollar spent on pot prohibition is a dollar that could be spent to control Lacey's opiate (and its related burglary) problem. And if you still think pot is a "gateway drug," get your ignorant head out of your liquor cabinet and medicine chest, the biggest gateways. Or would you rather have your tax bill double to add more pot police? Because that is what the police state in NJ wants. It doesn't take a lot of business sense to understand that as a police department grows, it's personnel, and it's budget grow, as do the salaries of those at the top of the pyramid. Educate yourself.
Don Spontaneous January 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Great, ruin the kids life over a little bit of grass. What brave, bold heroes we have patrolling the town.
Chris L January 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM
I love how anytime there is a kid getting busted for pot, we are just mad at the police for waisting our time and money. We all know it should be legal.
sandy bottom January 17, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Condor January 17, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Colorado first, Washington second...it's going to be like casino gambling. Once they realize the tax revenues every state will follow suit. It is a waste of time and money to bust someone for pot. Focus on the drunk drivers and heroin thieves.
ken January 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM
The south thought slavery was right because it was legal. The right to vote for women required the sufferance movement to institute change. Yet all these pot prohibitionists feel, in their narrow little minds, that it is OK to shackle and cage an individual for possession of an unaltered nature substance that humans have used for thousands of years? How do the prohibitionists sleep at night? I guess we would have to ask the slave owners how they slept at night, because they too felt they were better than others and others should be subservient to them. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
isthatallugot January 18, 2014 at 09:13 AM
This is a victim less crime. Legalize recreational use for those over the age of 18!!!! Hopefully this is his first time and he can get a conditional discharge.
Clementine Snide January 19, 2014 at 07:49 PM
The kid wasn't pulled over for smoking pot. It was a routine traffic stop and the officer smelled marijuana in the car. Subsequently, the officer apparently saw weed on the kid's shirt and in the interior if the vehicle. This lead to a search where weed and paraphernalia were found. Even if pot were legal, it would not be legal to imbibe while driving! Just as it's not legal to drink and drive. So regardless of the legal status of the drug, the kid probably would have gotten taken in and charged anyway. Just a point to ponder.
sandy bottom January 20, 2014 at 08:39 AM
routine profiling stop, he smelled the pot in the glove compartment??,he wasn't smoking it,good nose on the cop ??
Clementine Snide January 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
profiling stop? I can't argue the truth or falsehood on that... neither can anyone other than the officer. I don't know if the driver was smoking in the car, perhaps previously... do you? regardless, the officer had a suspicion, and there was weed and paraphernalia in the car. since the drug is still illegal, it simply should not have been there. it's a matter of "you play, you pay"... a risk everyone who buys/transports/smokes marijuana chooses to take. and, it turned out, the driver had an unregistered vehicle. this, of course, raises the inevitable question on weed and driving. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, the assumption being the driver was drinking. if/when weed is legalized, how would "an open container" of weed be determined? would that be a matter of packaging? and would it be illegal, then, to transport an "open container" of pot to someone else's house? would this young man then have been charged with such (having an open container) were marijuana legal? and how would it be determined someone was under the influence at the time of a stop, since pot lasts so long in the system? these questions would be very important to tackle.


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