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A New Orleans lawyer would have saved himself a lot of trouble if only he checked his pockets before heading to court on Monday.

Assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell was issued a summons after he dropped a joint while talking to a police officer in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Cantrell, 43, was cited for simple drug possession and released under a city policy for low-level marijuana cases, according to police.

According to the New Orleans Police Department spokesperson Garry Flot, Cantrell was talking to one of the officers waiting to testify in court when the rolled up joint tumbled out of his pocket and landed on the floor.

People who witnessed the comical scene said that two officers glanced at the joint, and then exchanged a bemused look before making arguably the world's easiest drug bust.

The pair were spotted chuckling as their colleagues led Cantrell out of the courtroom at around 4.15pm to issue him a summons.

Ryan Berni, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that at the time of the incident, Cantrell was not working on behalf of the city. He was suspended without pay pending an investigation.

According to a statement issued by Cantrell's wife, LaToya Cantrell, her husband resigned his city post late Monday.


Besides handing traffic court cases in his capacity as an assistant city attorney, Cantrell also has a private practice. Calls to Cantrell's office were not immediately returned.

Cantrell has practiced civil and criminal law in New Orleans for 17 years, including six as a public defender in Juvenile Court. In an ironic twist, the 43-year-old also worked as a drug court attorney.

In 2009, he lost in a race for a Juvenile Court judgeship. His wife is currently vying for a seat on the City Council.


In an apparent attempt to minimize the fallout from the embarrassing incident, LaToya Cantrell issued a statement apologizing for her husband’s actions and saying that she is ‘angry, embarrassed, and disappointed’ with the 43-year-old’s ‘lack of judgment.’

I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family,’ Cantrell said. ‘I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help he needs and ask that the public respect our privacy in this very personal family matter.’

The City Council in late 2010 made marijuana possession a municipal offense, allowing police to issue a summons rather than arrest and book an offender on state charges in an effort to reduce the case load.

This is not the first time a member of the legal community has been caught with drugs. According to the blog Above the Law, a Texas judge was arrested in February when he was busted with 20 grams of marijuana in his hotel room










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Legalize it.





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I have a feeling LaToya would fail a drug test.





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Who did he harm?





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Legalize it.


This.






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His career.
His wife's career.


OTT, not too much.






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‘I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help he needs
because that weed addiction is serious






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I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family,’ Cantrell said. ‘I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help he needs

It’s marijuana. The way she talks, you’d think the guy was doing Walter White’s Blue Meth....


Or is he?






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because that weed addiction is serious


If he's carrying a jay in his pocket on the way to the courtroom, maybe it is a problem.

Doobie in My Pocket






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I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family,’ Cantrell said. ‘I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help he needs and ask that the public respect our privacy in this very personal family matter.’



She prally smoke bud too






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it's funnier to think about him leaning over and his toupe' falling off





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! New Orleans prosecutor 'drops a JOINT in court...in front of police officers


Are you saying NOT New Orleans prosecutor?






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Are you saying NOT New Orleans prosecutor?



know how i know you code?






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DOH(p)!!!

Ya know, when the policemen that busted him are laughing about it, that should tell you how serious of a "crime" smoking pot is.

I don't smoke the stuff, but probably would if it was legal.

As soon as someone does two things:

1. figures out that the revenue raised in dope tax would be > than the business that is criminalizing pot, AAANNNNDDDD

2. figures out how to get the money from the dope tax to the same people making it in the business that is the criminalization of pot, THEN,

It will be legal.






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I literally read the title with a "not" in front of it.






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The way she talks, you’d think the guy was doing Walter White’s Blue Meth....


Meth Casserole



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As soon as someone does two things:

1. figures out that the revenue raised in dope tax would be > than the business that is criminalizing pot, AAANNNNDDDD

2. figures out how to get the money from the dope tax to the same people making it in the business that is the criminalization of pot, THEN,

It will be legal.


nah, it ain't gonna take that long.

legalization is on the ballot in 3 states next month, and I'm fairly confident that it will pass in at least 1, maybe 2 of them.

Sure, it will still be illegal at the federal level, but they don't have the resources to pursue anything but the big time operations. and as the dominoes keep falling, state by state, the feds will be forced to either give up on enforcement or outright legalize it






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1. figures out that the revenue raised in dope tax would be > than the business that is criminalizing pot, AAANNNNDDDD

2. figures out how to get the money from the dope tax to the same people making it in the business that is the criminalization of pot, THEN,

It will be legal.



The problem isn't 'herp derp how do we make monies from weed', it's keeping a vast government-prison industrial complex well funded. Imagine how many fewer prisons (with their guards, fewer federal agents, and various law enforcement jobs will be lost with legalization.






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