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Posted on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 9:55 a.m.

Housekeeper finds marijuana in hotel room, Ann Arbor police say

By Lee Higgins

A housekeeper found a small quantity of marijuana hidden in a room at the Red Roof Inn at 3505 South State Street on Saturday morning, prompting an investigation by Ann Arbor police.

According to police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush, the housekeeper found the bag of marijuana at 10:30 a.m. and turned it over to a front desk employee, who called police.

Officers responded and confiscated the drugs, Bush said. The most recent guest in the room had already left, Bush said.

So far, no charges have been filed.


malcolm kyle

Tue, Jan 4, 2011 : 4:12 a.m.

Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use, among all echelons of society, is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation. By its very nature, prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model - the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous and ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved. Thus the allure of this reliable and lucrative industry, with it's enormous income potential that consistently outweighs the risks associated with the illegal operations that such a trade entails, will remain with us until we are collectively forced to admit the obvious. There is therefore an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. Anybody 'halfway bright', and who's not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem, it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand. If you are not capable of understanding this connection then maybe you're using something far stronger than the rest of us. So put away your pipe, lock yourself away in a small room with some tinned soup and water, and try to crawl back into reality A.S.A.P. Because Drug cartels will always have an endless supply of ready cash for wages, bribery and equipment, no amount of tax money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again. Only an end to prohibition can do that! How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? If you support the Kool-Aid mass suicide cult of prohibition, and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death, tortured corpses, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, economic tribulation, unemployment and the complete loss of the rule of law. "A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." Abraham Lincoln The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation & taxation while turning even our schools and prisons into black markets for drugs. Regulation would mean the opposite! Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

Duncan Wallace

Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 4:39 p.m.

In other earth shattering news a man was bitten by a dog yesterday afternoon when he attempted to take a short cut across the dog's yard. After being treated for minor lacerations and bruising at the local emergency room the man was charged with trespassing and committed to the county jail in lieu of $500 bail. The dog declined medical treatment and was last seen vigorously wagging his tail.


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 4:08 p.m.

For real someone smoking weed in Ann Arbor... Neighbor next door smokes weed in the driveway and I get the second hand high. WEEEEE im so high in the sky... AAPD will not bust the ring...... So lets all go th Red Roof Inn...


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 3:44 p.m.

This is not news. Worse yet, this article simply misrepresents Ann Arbor. Our city has a unique and storied history of marijuana advocacy and its electorate has continually affirmed the non-criminality of possessing a "small quantity" of marijuana. Seriously, every day I find myself less and less enthusiastic about visiting, just because it means having to wade through the police blotter. This article in particular just strikes me as borderline insulting.


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 11:57 a.m.

Years ago I attended an after show party at the Red Roof Inn for a band that had just toured through the Blind Pig. It was rocknroll excess at its finest: a bathtub full of beer, weed, pills, TV smashing, dudes passing out stone cold after being hit on the head with a lamp....after 20 minutes I wisely excused myself.....I'm pretty sure somebody upper decked the toilet the cleaning staff I bet didn't like that.


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 11:27 a.m.

Seriously though, it's less the choice to print this in the crime blotter, than to advertise it on Twitter that you should question. How many here would have read this had it not appeared on twitter? I guess maybe that's the point, to turn nothing into something. It sure worked for a recent Ypsi blotter piece....


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 11:22 a.m.

and if you're stay'n in a hotel there and leave, don't leave noth'n in your clothes, er, drawer. I guess Ann Arbor just ain't geared to me and Paul.

Bertha Venation

Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 11:03 a.m.

I agree with Bonsai. It was simply a tip for the cleaning person, so what's the big deal? Slow news day again in A2.


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 10:56 a.m.

That might've been MEDICINAL marijuana. Now some poor soul is going to have to do without his/her medicine today.


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 10:53 a.m.

I think it was a tip for the cleaning staff. In other news... the panhandling ordinance was broken with impunity in Ann Arbor today, and somewhere, I'm sure, a dog bit a man. Seriously, do you post every police report or is there some "editing" going on that is not apparent?


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 10:45 a.m.

Really - the A2 police have nothing better to do than investigate a "small quantity" of marijuana that was found in a hotel room??? Now, if this was a quarter pound I could see it.....but a "small quantity"..... Throw it away and get on with it....or better yet.....


Mon, Jan 3, 2011 : 10:25 a.m.

OH My God...someone smoking weed in Ann Arbor I just can't believe it!! Thank you for breaking such important news. I am going to make call to Obama right now so he can have an emergency State of the Union speech!!