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A 19-year-old appearing before a judge was accused of selling marijuana in a parking lot, in Ohio.
The Common Pleas Court judge told him that she was willing to work with him – offering him a treatment program that, if successful, would not only prevent him from going to jail but also erase the crime from his record. All he had to do was give up smoking pot.
He told the judge, "That's going to be hard for me to do, to be honest with you".
She told him he would have to stop smoking marijuana for months, maybe until April, and she would drug test him to make sure he was living up to his end of the deal.
He told her, "That's going to be a challenge. I like smoking weed. I have been smoking weed since I was, like, 10 years old."
Then, the judge started listing potential deadlines for him to stop smoking pot. Easter? Nope. Valentine's Day? He replied, "I won't want to".
New Year's Day? Christmas? Thanksgiving? "If I put my mind to it I can, (but) I won't want to," he said.
Then, he asked the judge:
"I know this is probably not the right question to ask, (but) can I get a little time at least (to) get one more joint in?"
The judge refused.
She told him, "No. You can't have one more joint for old time's sake."
She ordered him to return to her court Monday, after he has a trespassing charge in another court dealt with, before she determines how she will handle his case.