A man in Idaho Falls, Idaho found himself in serious hot water after a weed-themed Facebook post. Specifically, he offered to give a gram of marijuana concentrate to anyone who would bring him some fast food. Unfortunately, local police found out about the man’s post—and they did not find it humorous.
Don’t Advertise Weed on Facebook
A man since identified as 22 year old Brian Starliper was apparently a little forward on his Facebook page recently when he posted:
“Yo if anyone in IF wants to bring me McDonald’s or Burger King rn I’ll give you a gram of wax straight up.”
Not surprisingly, the ad grabbed people’s attention. And at least some of them were more than happy to take Starliper up on his offer. For example, one person responded by asking: “Lol whatcha want.”
From there, Starliper kept the conversation going by putting in an actual order. He said he wanted “a double quarter pounder, medium fries, large fries, and 2 large sodas.”
He added: “I don’t know how much it is but I’m too lazy to get up and go to McDonald’s myself tbh.”
To top it all off, he potentially incriminated himself one more time by reiterating his point about possessing cannabis concentrate: “I have hella wax to play with too.”
It’s unclear how authorities hard about Starliper’s Facebook activity. But one way or another they did. And they were not happy.
As reported by local news source Idaho State Journal, Idaho Falls police quickly took out a search warrant and showed up at Starliper’s home. While searching the home, they reportedly found 10 grams of marijuana concentrate, one gram of cocaine, and a variety of drug paraphernalia.
Starliper was subsequently arrested and taken to the Bonneville County Jail. He is reportedly facing multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Additionally, he had an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor probation violation and another for misdemeanor failure to appear.
Social Media and Cannabis
Social media and cannabis—both legal and illegal—have a strange relationship. On the one hand, there are occasionally instances like Starliper’s, in which an individual gets in trouble after posts talking about possession weed.
On the other end of the spectrum, legal marijuana businesses, activist organizations, and other weed-themed groups have faced difficulties when it comes to advertising on social media.
Most recently, Facebook announced it would stop censoring certain types of marijuana-related content. The decision came after the company faced a lot of pressure from the National Cannabis Industry Association and others.
And finally, in what might seem like a strange twist, cops themselves have been turning to social media for weed-related communications.
In many cases, cops use social media platforms to publish what they apparently think are funny posts about weed. Often, these “jokes” take the form of warnings against consuming or possessing weed. And other times, cops will publicize cannabis busts using social media.
Cops have increasingly come under fire for this type of social media activity. Typically, people argue that these “jokes” make light of a legal system that disproportionately harms people of color for non-violent offenses.