Annapolis Police Chief Pathetically Cites “37 Deaths” Hoax While Testifying Against Marijuana Legalization

idiot-police-chiefMost days the news I read is utterly depressing.  Being a writer – especially in politics – you spend most of your time dealing with some of the uglier sides of society.  And while I love what I do, I will admit that reading as much news as I read sometimes leaves you with the feeling that all hope is lost for humanity.

This story, however, isn’t one of those times.  This is absolutely pathetic in a hilarious sort of way.

The moment Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, most people had to know a domino effect was coming.  Which is exactly what’s started to happen.  More and more states are now looking into legalizing marijuana not just for medical purposes, but recreational as well.

Maryland happens to be one of those states.

Well, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop was called to testify against a bill to legalize and decriminalize marijuana.  What followed was something that might as well be right out of The Onion – but it really happened.


Mr. Pristoop proceeded to cite a “story” about 37 people dying in Colorado on the first day marijuana was legalized due to “marijuana overdose.”

Which would be a shocking story – if it wasn’t a hoax.

While testifying, Pristoop said:

“The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana.  I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”

Senator Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery followed his comments by completely popping Pristoop’s bubble:

“Unless you have some other source for this, I’m afraid I’ve got to spoil the party here.  Your assertion that 37 people died of a marijuana overdose in Colorado was a hoax on the DailyCurrant and the Comedy Central website.”

Pristoop then slightly backed off his comments.  Though he didn’t completely abandon them:

“If it was a misquote, then I’ll stand behind the mistake.  But I’m holding on to information I was provided.”

Now, did Pristoop read the original story?  Who knows.  It’s very likely that someone who works for him provided him with this information about the fake story.  That still doesn’t excuse the absolute idiocy it takes to believe it.


I remember when I first ran across that headline about 37 people “dying” it sounded a bit far-fetched, so I researched it to find out exactly what was going on.  That’s when I quickly found out that the entire story was a hoax – which took a total of one Google search and maybe 25 seconds out of my day.

That’s exactly what Pristoop should have done the moment he ran across this story or was given this information.  To really believe 37 people died from “marijuana overdose” the first day it was legalized is laughably incompetent.  If that were actually true, it would have been all over every major news outlet and other states sure as heck wouldn’t be pushing to legalize it in their states.

So it’s clear someone dropped the ball here.  And while it could have been someone who works for Pristoop who gave him this “stat,” it still ultimately fell on his shoulders to make sure that the information he was going to use to testify against this bill was accurate.

And that’s something he didn’t do.

Which led to a pretty epic public humiliation for the Annapolis Police Chief.  It just goes to show that many detractors of marijuana are so firm in their beliefs that nothing could possibly change their mind – and they’re not afraid to cling to the most outlandish and absurd arguments if they support those beliefs.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • jc

    You would need to consume nearly 1200lbs of pot to od n about 15 mins

    • Sunny Ray

      I’ve tried.. not doable lol

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        Huckabee and beck look like they might be able to

  • Karen Peters

    Wonder what he has been smoking to believe that this was true. LOL

  • TaxPaying American Voter

    Wow ” a bullet to the head” ? You are a truly fucked up person.

  • loveforall

    Hah wow, you’re a bad person.

  • Jordon Oldfather

    u should get a head

  • Jordon Oldfather

    u must have liked being the dunce in school u doosh

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      ummmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,” school”???? in deliverance??
      his school was duck plucking and taking it up the poop- chute from the local pastor

      • Jordon Oldfather

        I was just referring too stupid pic. like the poop chute thing though

  • Jordon Oldfather

    false albino retard

  • Jordon Oldfather

    why would you even be on this site blackbeard

    • True White Republican

      Because God wants people like me to speak His truth!

      • Jordon Oldfather

        So why would god make a plant so then others can put bullets in peoples head I’m a little lost. You ignorant dumb idiot go eat ur moms shit shit it out and eat it again then suck ur own dick cry and die please thankyou

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        GOD doesn’t speak with small dicked losers such as you—
        the GOD U “think” speaks with you is the homosexual predator pastor in your church; along with copious amounts of grain alcohol

      • True White Republican

        You should be fed to wild feral pigs.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        the feral pigs which go to your church and losers such as you end up marrying? that why your IQ is so advanced: great ( loserville) genetics just like gian “mantid man” keys!!

      • True White Republican

        You should be beheaded.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I already was,,,,, as my family could afford circumcision– unlike small dicked loser white trash such as thee
        did U get the skin for your dinner? its one of white trash favorites!! eating dick!

      • IJR

        You are a big flaming liberal.

        You support marijuana prohibition just like Obama does.

        You support bigger government like Obama does.
        You support limited state’s rights like Obama does.

        You and Obama agree on a lot of things.
        Are you a black, Kenyan, Muslim too?

  • tiger16id

    well TWR is a troll or a nutjob

    • Jeffrey Zamora

      He’s a troll. And not even a good troll. So that pretty much just makes him pathetic.

      • Dave

        We should get all the intelligent people out of the south and nuke the rednecks who will stay behind.

      • True White Republican

        Try it you faggot cocksucker. I’ll personally send you to Hell in little pieces.

      • Dave

        Bring it biotch I will choke your ass in your Halloween costume. Fucking worthless KKK pussy.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        read my posts to him

      • True White Republican

        I’d shoot you in the face long before that faggot.

      • Dave

        Yeah right. Bring it!

      • IJR

        You are a liberal pussy.

        Alabama is ashamed of you.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey small dicked regressive white trash Christian,,,,
        aren’t U the open anus alter boy at the Mississippi Baptist congregational church? the pastor likes how U squeal his name in the confessional

      • nyldy

        If you actually believed in God and followed the Bible, you’d know that you have no capacity to send ANYONE to hell except yourself. SUCK ON THAT TROLL

      • True White Republican

        Kill yourself Jew lady.

      • nyldy

        LOL Do you think you actually rile me up? At all? I think it’s FUNNY how ridiculous you are! You have nothing to say and yet you keep on posting!

      • True White Republican

        Just because you’re got niggers fucking you in the ass doesn’t mean real humans should.

      • nyldy

        Wow. Assumption, assumption, assumption. And yet you can’t say ANYTHING factual! You don’t even respond to people with actual responses! Just bigoted drivel! I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a person so pathetic! Keep on responding, buddy. Really! I enjoy it! Your trolling actual helps us “liberal Jew communists” (since you clearly don’t know what communism is, and have never talked to a Jew) by emphasizing just how ridiculous you are. I hope, at least, you’re making money per post!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey small dicked white trash—
        hows the eating possum fritters and going to church doin’ 4 ya?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        don’t nuke them,,,,,, feed them to alligators and then give reptiles some alka seltxer

    • nyldy

      Yeah, he’s definitely a troll…you just have to look at his posting history. He does everything he can to use as many racial slurs as possible–against blacks, Jews and anyone else who isn’t a teabagger. I mean, he has referred to blacks as “Rabid Yard Apes” (WAT). And all in the name of “GOD.” LOL!

      • Guest

        The shitskis ARE rabid yar apes. You’re most likely a coalburner.

      • nyldy

        You know nothing about me and you don’t even have the courage to show your face. Sorry, bigot. My belief that people are equal says nothing about my sexuality.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,little dicked “guest” had to create another fake profile to try some insults?
        jesus loves white trash– jesus was a nice dark skinned unemployed fella; just what the KKK loves to suckle

      • True White Republican

        You must be a coalburning cunt. Don’t think one won’t kill you the first chance it gets.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        as she is quite attractive it ( again) shows how small dicked LOSERS such as you feel about women,,,,
        especially the nice looking ones who run from your southern smell of possum

      • nyldy

        You must have no idea what you’re talking about! It’s very clear to civilized people.

      • IJR

        You are a liberal.

        You support marijuana prohibition just like Obama does.

        You support bigger government like Obama does.
        You support limited state’s rights like Obama does.

        You and Obama agree on a lot of things.
        Are you a black, Kenyan, Muslim too?

        Go away liberal scum.

  • Cynthia Padley

    I saw the article …..researched it because I know for a fact that you cannot overdose on pot……leave it to the GOP/teabaggers to make up lies to try and prove their theories!!! But the saddest thing of all……….all the stupid people who believed it……….this chief of police……..should have know better !!! If he isn’t smart enough to know this little fact………he isn’t capable of making the tough decisions ………..and for GOD’S sake ………..he should not have a gun !!!

  • Jamie Wagner

    how bout to take that stupid sheet off and show your face. why you hiding?

  • Pipercat

    Zontar, your overlords are demanding an update to your mission!!!

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      he lost his pencil cleaning his ears wax

      • Pipercat

        He looks like a reject from a 60s era Japanese monster movie.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        as long as its NOT MOTHRA!!!! that was cool as I was a wee fella then!!

  • Mikey Gee

    “…and they’re not afraid to cling to the most outlandish and absurd arguments if they support those beliefs.”

    Hmmmmm, which group of society does this sound like? Yet we’re the “brainwashers”….

    Thanks for the story Allen, I enjoyed a belly laugh at the expense of this rube!

  • Edward Krebbs

    Uh, how many people in Colorado died of gunshots in the last year ?

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      gunshots or bong hits?

  • Edward Krebbs

    I’d also add in all seriousness, I’ve lived through so many phases of the War on Drugs where the police would claim that this drug or that drug is the absolute worst / Satan and death incarnate. When anyone (and especially govt officials including police) overstate their case, they loose credibility. In this case, here is the guy supposedly responsible for investigating crime and doesn’t know a hoax ? And then really loose credibility when their court testimony is a work of fiction ?

    • heteroxalstalker

      That is what I was thinking as well. The chief of police isn’t capable of recognizing a hoax this obvious? How does he go about convicting criminals? Or worse how many innocent people has he convicted because he is an idiot?

    • Sheldon Collins

      He knew it was BS. He purposely said it knowing it was horse shit. Before legalization, no one would have asked many questions.

    • Edward Krebbs

      Admittedly, the laws of evidence / what a judge admits to be presented is very convoluted and arcane, But I would love to see an attorney in the future ask the good officer about his testifying to this in court. Perhaps an attorney could use this to attack the officer’s credibility as a witness ?

  • Adam

    haha okay, no bullets needed because cannot be addicted to marijuana.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      I was addicted,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, trust me You can get addicted: but that small dicked white trash regressive crybaby in the sheet needs some more moonshine

  • Deb

    Hmmm. All 37 of them “died”, then woke up hungry as hell.

    • Chomper Lomper Tawee

      I’m so stoned I literally peed my pants laughing at your comment….

    • Dave

      Most likely more than that fell asleep on a couch somewhere.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      hmmmm,,,,,,did “jeeeesus” arise from his crypt and much out on some fish & chips? bible a bit vague

  • Gerald Woodruff

    I saw the story about the 37 deaths, I did not even finish it before I discovered it was a hoax one of the people who od’d (according to the story) was a person from Albuquerque by the name of Jesse Binkman if that sounds familar you have watched Breaking Bad. Another statistic is this in Jan 2013 there were 32 fatal accidents involving alcohol/drugs in Jan 2014 there were 22. How could this be? Maybe pot helps?

  • buricco

    Heheh. He got onion’d, and won’t admit it even to himself.

  • Chomper Lomper Tawee

    You’re a disappointment to the human race.

  • Chomper Lomper Tawee

    What’s your real name?

    • True White Republican

      Jesus Christ, what’s yours commie queer asshole?

      • MikeB59

        Who’s guarding your bridge while you’re posting?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        glenn beck and huck(ster)abee take turns

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey needle dick——– that sheet was on obamas bed after he blew his stoned load in your flat chested overweight white trash mom a few years ago. Shouldn’t you get it autographed from him as be must be “YO DADDIE”?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        jesus Christ? totally cool! that means U are a middle eastern unemployed swarthy jewish carpenter and fisherman!!

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      his name is “crybaby white trash regressive Christian tea party scum”

  • Chris Ballenger

    A special kind of stupid.

  • Gary Menten

    Common sense and decency are equally fatal to Republicans, not to mention trolls.

  • Sheldon Collins

    So tired of news outlets knowingly posting lies and getting away with it.

    • Cindy C. Strait

      Not sure what you mean? There are joke news sites that do fake stories and sometimes Fox ‘News’ repeats them thinking they are real. That is what happened to the MD cop here.

      • Sunny Ray

        Do you really believe what you are saying?

      • Cindy C. Strait

        Well my other comment is in moderation but I sent you a link. I know it as fact that Fox ‘News’ has reported a fake story from The Onion and had to apologize for reporting it as fact. You can google it yourself since my link seems to require moderating. I believe Steve Doocey and Brian whatshisname were the people reporting the fake story. It was pretty funny and fairly big news because for once they actually apologized.

      • Sunny Ray

        Fox news is fake… and worst, ranting propaganda all day long. This cop just doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he is a sheep thrown to the abattoir. I believe some republican told him all this BS to see the senator’s reaction, and that poor guy is now an idiot. The difference here is that nobody is going to apologize for him.

      • Cindy C. Strait

        Okay. So we agree. That’s why I wrote Fox ‘News’ with the quotes around NEWS. We do not need to argue because we are clearly in agreement here.

      • Sunny Ray

        No problem 😉

  • ellen72

    As should you.

  • justbarry60

    Scared white guy with a robe? You are what is wrong with America. Don’t agree with them, just shoot them. What a fool.

    • True White Republican

      All traitors to God and the Bible must die!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I agree—————- and have u seen the slender BIG BREASTED sexy women in hell? satan got it goin’ on!! (NOTE: “heaven” has chics who look like michelle “no tits” malkin and mother Teresa-so enjoy those dried out prayer bags)

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    What, exactly, is “true white”?? Can’t show your face?

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      true white ( in that cretins case) is an ectomorphic steatopygous oligophrenial regressive white trash from the nutsack of a 88 IQ Louisiana “pastor” who has been marinated in very poorly made moonshine since he was 3yrs old.
      lets all hear it for the tea party!!!

  • Dave

    True white republican is a true American Nazi! Time to get rid of stupid asses like him.

    • True White Republican

      If Hitler had killed millions of yard apes along with the Jews he’d be a hero to a lot more people today.

      • Dave

        Yard apes? I think we got us a redneck everybody!

      • Pipercat

        Naah, he hates them thar squirrels!

      • nyldy

        I don’t think so…he’s got to be a troll. I don’t think even rednecks are so dumb…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        sadly I agree with you this time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but: we have to be tolerant of all the yard apes ( your indigent family)who now are in the southern states such as Huckabee and ‘duck dynasty’ as well as your overweight unemployed toothless mom who is still begging muscular black athletes for another sexual liason with her providing the moonshine–
        Hitler would waste time with regressive white trash such as you– he preferred superior genetics; not trailer park outcastings. Did your mom ever get back with that black pastor? he told me he didn’t like the smell of dead mutton that she has

  • Mark DeMist

    How can a Chief of Police be such a chump to not recognize such an obvious hoax.

  • Cindy C. Strait

    Seriously? My comment and link need moderation but you post the comments from the troll with the white hood and sheet avatar?

    • Sunny Ray

      any kind of link goes through moderation, it’s automatic, nothing against you 😉 secured site.