Even though marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, the plant is not yet considered a universal bargaining chip. There’s a lot weed can do. Transforming into currency is not one of them.
The New York Post reports that last Tuesday, a man uploaded an ad for a used Mazda SUV. Matthew Franks, from Independence, Oregon, saw the post and contacted the salesman, offering an unspecified amount of cannabis in exchange for the car. Why not, right? Maybe the guy who posted the ad looked like he enjoyed cannabis. It’s not like there are laws that regulate purchases and prevent this stuff from happening in the first place.
The salesman agreed to the deal and both parties decided on a meeting point where they’d make the exchange. The day of, Franks headed over to the agreed upon location, a parking spot of all places, only to have the police waiting for him.
The auto dealer contacted the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce for assistance. An investigator from LINE made contact with the purchaser and an agreed upon amount was established in trade for the vehicle.”
Police spokesperson Brad Liles confirmed that Franks was arrested on a charge of Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana for Consideration, and that he was moved to Linn County Jail. Franks was caught with 5.4 pounds of marijuana, less than the agreed upon amount with the salesman and much more than the legal amount allowed in Oregon state, which is only one ounce in public.