Grand Junction Police Weigh In on the Ralphie May Debacle [ED-itorial]
It's seldom an incident as insignificant as a poor performance by an entertainer in Grand Junction creates such a buzz. But, comedian Ralphie May is that rare exception. Since we've heard from everybody except the Grand Junction Police Department, in all fairness, we'll let them have their turn, then shut up about it.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department, they were called to the Avalon Theatre by staff who had several angry fans asking for a refund due to May's poor performance.
In a press release, this is what the Grand Junction Police say they did after arriving at the venue.
In the course of their investigation, and in keeping with Mr. May’s rights under the 4th Amendment, the officers asked for and received consent from the Avalon staff and Mr. May’s manager to search the dressing room for any signs of drug use or illegal activity taking place at the theater. After a search, the officers didn’t find any evidence that there were drugs on the property, e.g. no marijuana smell, no burned marijuana, no edibles, no paraphernalia, nothing indicating public consumption by Mr. May."
The statement from the police goes on to say they requested, but were denied, permission to search May's bus.
Absent consent, and without any further cause to search, we did not search the bus, or Mr. May, or any of his entourage. The officers sent him on his way, free to provide top-notch entertainment to other unsuspecting venues to the East."
The Grand Junction Police Department also cleared up some misinformation regarding their handling of the incident.
Whatever our personal views on the legalization of marijuana, the voters have spoken and it is no longer illegal to be high on marijuana in Colorado unless you are consuming it in a public place or operating a motor vehicle. Mr. May didn’t get a 'pass,' and we certainly weren’t 'star-struck'.. we simply didn’t have any evidence that would allow us to arrest him for a crime."
If you’re like us, you’re probably done with the Ralphie May story. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “that’s all we’re going to say about that.”
I wholeheartedly agree with both the police and Gump. Keeping to my statement made in the beginning, it's time to shut up and forget all this nonsense.