Even though in Alaska a certain amount of marijuana possession is quasi-legal in the privacy of one's own home, in public, it's still illegal. Therefore, smoking a joint in public is risky, and being caught by an officer of the law whilst smoking a joint in public is a quick way to a ticket. Unless, of course, you try to eat the evidence.
The officer, following his nose like Toucan Sam to Froot Loops -- soon located the source of the aroma: a youthful, male pedestrian.
The unnamed 24-year-old, upon spotting the fuzz, did what many do in a moment of panic. He gobbled down the joint, burning ember and all. The cannabis consumer was not arrested, Campbell said, but a "tampering with evidence" charge was filed against him.
But here's the thing. Possession of marijuana is only a class 'B' misdemeanor in the state of Alaska, but evidence tampering is a class 'C' felony.
A 'B' misdemeanor is "a step above running a red light," according to Campbell, while a C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison AND a $50,000 fine. No matter how high one is, it's pretty easy to tell which is worse.
Lesson of the day: It sounds intuitive, but once the authorities spot you smoking weed, the jig's up. They know. You know. Don't eat the joint. It only makes things worse, both legally and digestively.