John McDonald, a sheriff’s department spokesman, happily obliged Pasqual’s request for an explanation of the department’s policy, if not an apology. “If you have a valid card and are within the restrictions of the medical-marijuana law, as far as what it says about how much marijuana you can have, then our deputies are not to arrest you,” he says. “That’s pretty clear.”

McDonald pointed out that Pasqual wasn’t actually arrested for, nor has he been charged with, a marijuana-related offense. “He was charged with resisting arrest,” he says. McDonald provided the Weekly with a narrative of the incident from his agency’s perspective, which asserts that Pasqual was observed being “chased” by concert security and that he became belligerent after a deputy caught up with him. “The deputy escorted the subject up to the main walkway to advise him he was going to be ejected,” the narrative states. “The subject at this time tried to show the deputies his medical-marijuana card. . . . He refused to leave, and [when] the deputy tried to put a rear wrist lock on him, he resisted and was taken to the ground and handcuffed. He was transported by a patrol deputy and booked for resisting. The transporting deputy did find two marijuana cigarettes in his pocket during the booking search. The marijuana was taken and booked as evidence, but no additional charges were sought.”

Pasqual admits he did resist being arrested—verbally, at least. “Apparently, resisting arrest has a lot to do with your mouth,” he says. “If you don’t shut the fuck up when they want you to shut the fuck up, you’re resisting arrest.”

nschou@ocweekly.com

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