A San Francisco jury acquitted a man who gave a pinch of pot to an undercover cop, saying there was no proof that he actually sold it to the officer. Stetson Qualls Jones, 24, was arrested on Feb. 5 on suspicion of selling marijuana while smoking pot in San Francisco’s Hippy Hill. But on Wednesday, a jury decided he was not guilty, sparing him the three years he was facing behind bars. At the time of his arrest, Qualls Jones was socializing and smoking marijuana with friends when he saw a man he thought he knew and waved him over. Upon closer inspection, Qualls Jones realized the man was a stranger, but welcomed him to their fun anyhow. When Qualls Jones invited him to smoke with the group, the man turned down the generous offer, asking instead if he could buy some marijuana. Qualls Jones testified that he told the man he did not sell marijuana. The man appeared “agitated and stressed out” by the news so Qualls Jones reached into his personal stash, pinched off a small amount of marijuana, and handed it to the man, not knowing that his new friend was working for the cops. Qualls Jones, who lives a communal lifestyle and frowns upon capitalism, claims he refused to take the $20 bill the guy offered him for the pot, believing that marijuana should be freely shared, not bought and sold, for medicinal purposes.
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