I went to your beautiful beaches this past weekend and was having a wonderful time until I was rudely awakened from a deep sleep in my own hotel room by several of what I would call jack-booted thugs, aka Myrtle Beach police.
Apparently, my medical marijuana that I took (on my deck) to help me sleep was upsetting to another hotel patron who had the guts to call the police rather then ask me politely stop if it was bothering them. Well, here I was sound asleep in my hotel and bang, bang, bang on the door. I got up and opened the door to at least four large patrolmen. I must have looked pretty threatening in my PJ’s!
I am 58 years old and use my medical marijuana to help with many physical maladies I have gone through. In a recent Gallup poll, the majority of the country believes that it should be legalized. Not in Myrtle Beach or South Carolina.
So I was roughly handcuffed and marched in front of the hotel lobby and thrown into the back of a cruiser. All because I took a puff of some natural substances. I spent the night in the wonderful Myrtle Beach jail with several other seemingly innocent folks. I guess it was a slow night for the cops.
I tried to use the phone system but it only allows you to call land lines and most folks use cell phones today. Maybe they could at least upgrade their rudimentary facilities to match today’s technology. I guess that really isn’t important to us criminals!
I was up all night with some truly savory characters along with the seeming innocent folks. In the jail cell with me were a young man who was charged with DUI while shopping at CVS. How does that work? Another young man was charged with 0.001 grams of cocaine and he had been there for three days without talking to his mother. She must have been sick with worry.
Maybe these gallant officers should use just a little more professional judgment when dragging folks to jail. Especially ones asleep in their hotel rooms!
Unless I have to, I will never step foot in Myrtle Beach again. Come on, Myrtle Beach. Get with the program!
The writer lives in Charlotte, N.C.