Phoenix Man Arrested on Pot Charge Says He Was Just Stressed Over Government Shutdown
This government shutdown seems to be causing very serious problems for some Americans.
In fact, a 26-year-old Phoenix man arrested for marijuana possession told police that he was just smoking pot because the shutdown was stressing him out too much, according to court documents obtained by New Times.
Jawaun Taylor was pulled over for a traffic violation near 35th and Northern avenues and placed under arrest for not providing ID, according to the documents.
Arizona Cardinals Game Zone - 9/25 - Not A Game Ticket
TicketsMon., Sep. 25, 2:15pm
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
TicketsMon., Sep. 25, 5:30pm
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
TicketsMon., Sep. 25, 6:40pm
WWE Smackdown Live
TicketsTue., Sep. 26, 4:45pm
Arizona Cardinals Game Zone - 10/1 - NOT A GAME TICKET
TicketsSun., Oct. 1, 9:50am
Police allege a "strong odor" of marijuana was coming from the car, and police found a bag of weed in Taylor's shirt pocket after searching him, the documents state.
Taylor "stated he was stressed out due to the government shutdown and had to smoke some weed," a probable-cause statement says.
It's not exactly clear what part of the shutdown he was worried about, since court filings indicate Taylor's employed full-time by a private company and told pre-trial services that he doesn't receive any government benefits.
Taylor, who did not have a medical-marijuana card, was booked into jail on the felony marijuana-possession charge.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.