Do’s & Dont’s
- Do not smoke weed 1000 ft from a school, youth complex, in motor vehicles that are being driven, or while operating a sea vessel.
- If you plan on growing for yourself, never inform law enforcement beforehand. Remember the Golden Rule “Keep your mouth shut,” cops love to ask you questions that make you incriminate yourself. But you don’t have to, it’s your right to “wish to remain silent, I want to see my lawyer” (5th Amendment right to Not Self -Incriminate)
- Never under any circumstances consent to a search this is your (4th Amendment Constitutional right to refuse unlawful Search & Seizure).
- If a cop knocks on your door at home and wishes to talk to you, if you decide to answer any questions you should always step out of your home and close the door behind you. This way they are legally unable to enter and do not have probable cause to search.
- If you happen to be pulled over without a valid reason. Always roll your window up to the crack and say you are in fear of your life! If the cop ask you to roll it down! You should always ask, am I being detained? Under what charges? If none you are free to leave! If the cop wishes to question you outside of your vehicle, always close your door behind you and do not consent to any searches (4th Amendment Constitutional right to refuse unlawful Search & Seizure). Cops will try to do a casual search if you leave your door open.
- Do not grow or possess more than you are legally allowed to in your city/county.
- Never cultivate in the same house your kids live in! If you do, the cops can take your kids from you. If you plan to have kids in the house, make sure your grow is in a secure location either fenced and/or locked away from where any children have access.
- Never keep weapons or firearms in the same house you cultivate in (even if they are locked in a safe) cops can use this as you are protecting your garden and legally take your guns away from you.
Dealing With the Cops
If you’re ever in a situation with the police, always keep hands visible and no sudden movements (a nervous cop is a dangerous one).
Never touch an officer, their vehicles, possessions, or animals. This is a sure way to get your ass beat and charged with assault on an officer.
Remember: Cops do not decide your charges, they can only make recommendations. The DA is the only one who can actually charge you. So don’t be intimidating when they start shouting off charges they’re supposedly “going to be giving you.”
This goes back to the Golden Rule “Keep your mouth shut,” whenever a cop ask you anything else besides your name and address you always express your 5th Amendment right to not self-incriminate and say “I wish to remain silent, I want to see my lawyer.”
When you say this phrase, all law enforcement (who wish to stay on the force) must abide by your request to stop asking questions. Most likely they will not, but you keep repeating the magic phrase and if they try to charge you with anything afterwards it will not hold up in court.
If you are arrested with accomplices, make sure everyone knows their rights and everyone repeats the magic phrase. An officers job is to get information out of people and they are trained to do so in a manipulative way.
Things an Officer Might Say
- “You’re not in trouble, just tell us what happened here and you’re free to go.”
- “Your friends already told us everything, there’s no need to lie to us.”
- “If you don’t answer our questions I’m going to charge you with obstruction or resisting, do you want to go to jail?”
- We already have all of the evidence we need, just take responsibility and confess so the judge will go easy on you.”
- Good cop bad cop routine is designed to intimidate you enough to confide in a friend. Usually the friend will be recognized as the good cop.
What this means is “we don’t have enough evidence yet, please confess.” If the cops really had all this information already then they wouldn’t be asking you in the first place, they would just take you to jail.
Three Basic Police Encounters
- Conversation: Also called a casual encounter, this is when cops are trying to gather information, but don’t have enough evidence to detain or arrest you. The longer you talk with them the more likely they will get the information they need to make an arrest.
- Detention: Cops can only detain you if they have reasonable suspicion you have committed a crime. This means you are not under arrest yet, but you are also not free to leave until they have conducted their investigation. Detentions can quickly turn into an arrest so its best not to get this far.
- Arrest: A person can only be arrested if the officer has probable cause you were involved in a criminal act. In the event of an arrest, cops are legally allowed to search you, your car, and any belongings in the vicinity. Strip searches are only allowed if the officer is of the same gender and if they have an arrest warrant its best to just go outside and lock your door because if you try to hide they will come in anyway and search anywhere they please which usually they will find more things to charge you with.
Protect Yourself – Know the Law
Since cops are toting kinds of fancy equipment and weapons to protect themselves, you should be able to protect yourself too. That doesn’t mean with weapons though! You can protect yourself in many legal ways, any cop who wants to keep their job will never betray the law.
- Whenever you are talking with the police, you should always keep a pen and paper handy to jot down anything the cops say. More than likely they will try to place you in cuffs before you can even get that far and tell you the pen could be used as a weapon but when first contacted by law enforcement you should always take down names, badge numbers, location, time, and any contact info of any witnesses if possible.
- It is very wise in this day and age to carry a small voice recorder and/or camcorder. Cops hate to be filmed or recorded for anything, because this means that anything they do wrong will not hold up in court. Most likely you will see their demeanor change but again using these tactics will prevent cops from abusing their authority and ultimately protect you.