The holiday spirit motivated a man who St. Petersburg Police say handed out cannabis to passers-by last week.
According to a witness, the 67-year-old man was standing at 16 Second St. near Central Avenue handing out small quantities of a green, leafy substance to pedestrians who passed him on the sidewalk. A witness alerted police, and they say he had flecks of marijuana on his shirt sleeve when they approached him.
Upon searching his backpack, officers say they discovered 1-1/2 ounces of marijuana in a bag, a purple glass pipe, and a digital scale. Marijuana residue was present on both the pipe and the scale, they allege. Also in the backpack was a prescription bottle with the defendant’s name upon it.
When questioned, the defendant allegedly told officers that he was handing out marijuana to people who passed him because it was the Christmas season. He was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released a few hours later on his own recognizance.
County records show a prior arrest in July for having an open container of alcohol in public.
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