Driver hands SLO officer half-smoked joint, arrested

September 27, 2022


A San Luis Obispo Police officer arrested a 40-year-old man on Saturday who handed a half-smoked joint to a officer during a traffic stop.

Officer Paul Sisemore stopped David Villers for speeding on Los Osos Valley Road and noticed the vehicle smelled like marijuana. Villers then handed the officer a half-smoked joint, leading to a further investigation, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

The investigation ended with officers arresting the driver for possession of methamphetamine, brass knuckles and paraphernalia. Authorities booked Villers in the SLO County Jail with his bail set at $20,000.

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Villers was under the influence while behind the wheel of a 4000-pound weapon and was operating it in an unsafe and unlawful manner. Additionally, he was in possession of illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons. His bail should be $120,000 not $20,000. Just further proof that California is not serious about dangerous drugs, dangerous driving, or working proactively to protect innocent citizens from morons and monsters.

Things that make you go Hmmmmmm… Not that I would encourage anyone to drive under the influence of anything that may hinder safe driving, especially prescription pills that say Do NOT operate heavy machinery but almost everyone does anyway, our own Federal Gov’t is saying this about cannabis:

Driving while stoned is not as dangerous as driving while drunk — in fact, according to a new report, it’s about as safe as driving while sober once variables are adjusted for.

While drunk driving dramatically increases the chances of getting into an accident, researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found no evidence to suggest the same was true of marijuana use, the federal agency’s Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers reveals.

You have links to these NHTSA studies? Couldn’t find them.

Hint: Highlight/copy middle paragraph and paste it in a google search. Again though, I am not suggesting people drive under the influence of anything that would negatively effect ones ability to drive safely. I am simply posting data from Federal research. There is not doubt being under the influence of cannabis increases reaction time which could potentially lead to deadly consequences (ie. child running out into the street and the driver can’t react fast enough to hit the brakes).

“An interesting finding from this research is that after smoking marijuana, subjects in most of the simulator and instrumented vehicle studies on marijuana and driving typically drive slower, follow other cars at greater distances, and take fewer risks than when sober (Stein, et al., 1983; Smiley, et al., 1981; Smiley, et al., 1986; Casswell, 1977; Robbe and O’Hanlon, 1993). These effects appear to suggest that the drivers are attempting to compensate for the subjective effects of using marijuana. In contrast, subjects dosed with alcohol typically drive faster, follow at closer distances, and take greater risks.“

You know what else makes people drive more recklessly… METH, the drug the person was actually arrested for but some reason the anti cannabis crowd on this site seems to only focus on the weed. Seems strange to me.

I came here to say just this, clearly the meth was the issue. Idk why we are discussing cannabis rights in a legal state. But

Another fine upstanding user of medicinal cannabis.

You know that it was legalized for recreational use six years ago…right?

What about driving under the influence of skunk weed? Speeding? He probably didn’t even realize it being stoned. Thanks for another deadly element while behind the wheel. What a joke.

Yeah- except that the joke’s on us.

Don’t you think they’d have charged him with a DUI if he was intoxicated enough? He was pulled over for speeding, something that literally every driver does. Not for swerving or driving in the wrong direction. Despite what you may have seen in movies and Fox news, cannabis is not nearly as debilitating as you think.