51-year-old man in Northern Mariana Islands faces assault and disturbing the peace charges in connection with the incident.
A simple request to return a borrowed cannabis pipe apparently so angered a Northern Mariana Islands man that he allegedly tried to strangle the original pipe owner and slapped the man’s girlfriend.
The recent incident unfolded on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, the publication cites court documents as reporting. Arriving on the scene to investigate a disturbance, the victim told police a text message asking that the accused return his pipe set the man off.
The accused responded by making his way to the victim’s apartment, where he began shouting, cussing the victim and reportedly threatening to kill or beat him.
It is reported the accused then aggressively approached the victim, grabbed his shirt and began to strangle him with one hand.
Although he managed to free himself, the victim reports he was followed into the residence and punched several times. When his girlfriend tried to stop the assault, she was allegedly slapped across the cheek, per Saipan Tribune.
The alleged assault came to an end when the accused brother entered the home and pulled his brother off the victim, according to Marianas Variety. The two then entered a vehicle and drove from the scene.
Facing charges of assault and battery, assault and disturbing the peace, the man was reportedly ordered to return to court for a preliminary hearing this week and for an arraignment later this month, the publication adds.
The incident wasn’t the first time people have acted badly over weed.
In late 2020, a Michigan woman, ticked off that a store in Wyandotte would not take back her cannabis bong, responded by breaking a display.
Last March, a domestic dispute, which turned out not to be criminal in nature, attracted police to a home in Lakeside Meadows, Man. While checking things out, responding officers discovered approximately 80 cannabis plants in various stages of growth, according to Global News.
And in the spring of 2020, a 14-year-old called the cops, claiming his mom had stolen his weed. Police arrived and managed to break them up and calm things down.
It was an odd approach taken by the teen given that, while cannabis is legal in Canada, its possession and use is restricted to adults. Indeed, one of the federal government’s primary goals in legalizing recreational cannabis was to “keep cannabis out of the hands of youth.”
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