Well you know what they say, when it comes to gifts it's the pot that counts! *rimshot*
Except in Nebraska, apparently.
Sounds like drug trafficking, right? Wrong! Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70 told York County police they were driving the sixty pounds of pot worth more than some people's houses to give it away as Christmas gifts in Vermont.
It all started with a routine traffic stop when Patrick forgot to use his turn signal. (Which, while we're here, let this be a lesson to all you people who refuse to use your turn signal, IT'S ***LITERALLY*** NEXT TO YOUR HAND FOR A REASON!)
Lieutenant Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times the deputies who stopped the Jirons could smell marijuana coming from the Jiron's truck, and drug-sniffing dogs indicated the presence of contraband, and the couple were taken into custody on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, which is required in Nebraska for pot dealers. Both are felony charges.
The couple said they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.
Leave it to the cops to put a damper on people's generosity. And as someone whose grandmother just stuck an adhesive bow on one of those Whitman's Sampler chocolate boxes from the Rite-Aid and called it Christmas, I am personally hurt by this story. Why won't Nebraska let Grammy Barb and Grampy Pat be great?!?!
Anyway, on social media, people thought the Jirons sounded pretty dank:
@yorknewstimes Elderly heroes...good vibes.— Luis A. Vegas V. (@Luis A. Vegas V.) 1513971489.0
@yorknewstimes I wish they were my grandparents.— 🎄 Lilith Lovett 🎄 (@🎄 Lilith Lovett 🎄) 1513981056.0
@yorknewstimes I know who I want to adopt as my parents now ! https://t.co/Arjiw5ZAwk— lisbeth mullin west (@lisbeth mullin west) 1514017215.0
@NPR Grandparents of the year contender— Stephen Regolizio (@Stephen Regolizio) 1513955787.0
@yorknewstimes Wow and I only got my nephews a t-shirt and some green-as in money— Reid (@Reid) 1513789731.0
While others felt this was definitely NOT in the holiday spirit:
@yorknewstimes @cof94hogs Free the Jiron family. Its Christmas gifts. What terrible people would confiscate gifts.... #boooooo— Hogs all day (@Hogs all day) 1513980225.0
@yorknewstimes Give their presents back!! #thegrinchstolechristmasagain— jeremy williams (@jeremy williams) 1513979775.0
And some couldn't help but feel this made a pretty solid case for legalization:
@yorknewstimes Look familiar? You're fighting a battle that's already been lost, guys. https://t.co/BLAIs8C7z1— John Rector (@John Rector) 1514069633.0
@yorknewstimes These cops are no hero's thats for sure. They should be doing real work with the cities money not this.— Ryan Wright (@Ryan Wright) 1513978535.0
Boy, if we don't put this couple away for life, how unsafe will we be!?! #legalizethc https://t.co/VTWQuMtS9i— Justin "Jesse The Body" (I was 130 lbs) Shoemaker (@Justin "Jesse The Body" (I was 130 lbs) Shoemaker) 1513963715.0
@yorknewstimes LEGALIZE!— Trevpix (@Trevpix) 1513958418.0
Anyway, Grandma Jiron wasn't jailed due to medical issues, but Gramps Jiron was put in the slammer for good measure. So much for a green Christmas!