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Mike Simmons was arrested for supposedly having a green film on his tongue. [Q13 FOX News]

Mike Simmons was arrested for supposedly having a green film on his tongue.
[Q13 FOX News]

Marijuana’s now legal in Washington state, at least if you’re 21 and it’s less than an ounce. But along with legalization, approved by voters as I-502, came a new DUI-cannabis law that seems to have some cops pretty fired up about taking potheads from behind the wheel.

Now, police in Kent, Washington have arrested a Puyallup man because the cop who pulled him over claimed he had a green film on his tongue, reports John Hopperstad at Q13 FOX News. Matt Simmons, 31, said on Tuesday that he was jailed for 13 hours.

Now with towing and attorney fees, Simmons — who has no criminal record — said he’s out $5,000 and he’s not allowed to drive while he’s out on bail — and he says he hadn’t even smoked pot since three days before.

“As soon as the officer came to the vehicle, he asked me to stick out my tongue,” Simmons said. He found that request somewhat unusual, but soon found out it was because he was suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.

The officer told him there was a green film on his tongue. The cop, who hasn’t been identified, claimed this was a sure sign that someone had been smoking marijuana.

While Simmons admitted he’d gotten high three days before, he said when he got stopped he was on lunch break from work, and was completely sober.

“There was nothing in the car, so I don’t know what kind of evidence he had based on just a green film on my tongue,” Simmons said.

As mentioned before, the same law that made limited possession of marijuana limited in Washington also made it a crime to drive with a blood THC level more than five nanograms per milliliter (5 ng/ml).

Simmons refused to give a blood sample without a lawyer present. He was then arrested and taken to jail, where he stayed 13 hours.

Simmons said he wasn’t high, didn’t smoke pot that day, and he’s going to fight the charges.

He said he has a lawyer, and may sue the Kent Police Department.


  • http://www.facebook.com/stacy.c.macdonald.7 Stacy Carol Macdonald

    stupid police are fucking Nazis

  • BLxAnthro

    Sue em. You’ll have a large crowd to show support.

  • Liquidscar

    Lmao, Listen up kiddo’s.. I’ve smoked more pot than the country of veitnam, and let me tell you something, .. there is not a single god damn strain of Weed that will turn your tongue green. Not ONE. I don’t care how much you smoke, or what you use to smoke it.
    I’d like to see someone try to claim otherwise. What a f**king joke. Obviously there needs to be a few lay-offs in this particular police department. If they have so little to do that they are actually spending tax dollars to pursue shit like this, where it is now LEGAL to have marijuana, I think they need to make a cut, and pay a few teachers or something instead. Clearly the police in this area don’t have any *real* crime to deal with, either that or they’re just too scared to stop a criminal, and decide to pick on this poor, soft-spoken shmuck instead.
    Good luck whoever you are dude, Fight for your right to smoke!

    Alcohol related deaths = Huge ass number
    Pot related deaths = Goose egg

  • scoobs

    I’ve never heard of weed turning your tongue green..what turnip truck did that cop fall off of?

  • Guest

    First: Marijuana is not legal. 502 DECRIMINALIZED POSSESSION OF 28> & created probable cause {instead of proof of impairment} for DUI with a limit on THC that makes someone like Mike Simmons guilty. How is it legal if it is a class 3 civil infraction if seen using it? How is it legal if one can not grow their own? How is it legal if I share it or PASS A JOINT it is FELONY DISTRIBUTION? How is it legal if I have 28.1gms & I get busted for possession? {WA law before 502 was 40gms before busted for possession}. Second: This is Kent, the one who is attempting to BREAK STATE LAW & zone out medical gardens, so no surprise their new “Drug Recognition Expert” cops are looking for pot smokers. Green slime on one’s tongue, seriously? Was it wearing a coat as well?

    Is there a way to contact Mike Simmons? Though this page doesn’t show my new fb pic, I’m part of a group called REAL LEGALIZATION. After 502 passed, 514 was looked at to see what was no longer needed & what was missing. Besides LONG delays, we got crappy language to boot from the last AG’s office. So this year the filings for Initiatives to the People 2013 began with filing each of the sections of the initiative separately to see what language we would get back. Just before the first filing of 3, a GEM was found. It seems with a new AG in office the language came back amazing for 6 out of the 7 filings. The GEM is I-1263.

    This would REQUIRE video evidence of impairment for liquor, any drug or cannabis before being charge with DUI. It is 5 sections & the text is the top back half of a petition with 15.5 font. Easy to read, as well as simple to understand. It has the potential of being funded because there are those that can make a lot of money out of the passage. As well it will hold drivers & police accountable for their actions. It was brought up that Mike Simmons {& others who have had similar experiences} could be the “face” for I-1263. So I hope to get in touch with him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nitetech05 Robin Lee Gannon

    I hope he does sue. I hope he wins too. Kent police are awful anyway. I once took care of a kid in the ER that they tazed because they THOUGHT he was someone they were looking for.

  • wjohnson

    This guy ruined any chance he had when he refused to give the required blood test. If he was telling the truth about not being high then he lost his only chance to have proof of it!

  • Triddy

    what a stupid effing cop.LOL! GREEN Jolly Ranchers,turn tongues GREEN,but NOT MARIJUANA ,U IDIOT!! LOL!

  • Triddy

    Amen Liquidscar,,I have too ingested MJ,for way over 40 yrs. now,& NEVER EVER has it turned a TONGUE GREEN! LOL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chriswaynemorton Christopher Morton

    Prohibitionists will never give up. Morons with no purpose to life other than patronize others. Green film? I hope that’s not in any kind of instructional video. I have never once in my entire life seen “green film” on anyone’s tongue. What a complete bogus load of bullshit. There is nothing green in the smoke to even remotely begin to accomplish that.

    There are no studies about it the validity of the THC rule because it’s totally bogus – there is no science behind it. “per se” is what it is. Fact is, there is no discernible way to measure impairment based on blood volume. THC is fat soluble, but not water soluble, so a persons body composition, etc, will naturally effect the amount of THC, and thus the metabolites will vary in their blood. A person who is overweight and enjoys cannabis will have higher concentrations period. This is something cannabis enthusiasts will have to deal with for the next year and 3/4 until hopefully logic and reason can appeal and change it based on valid science. This has to be something driven by the medical and recreational cannabis communities, and because no valid science will come from law enforcement, or media. CNN recently tested drivers, and the methods were………..err…….less than scientific. Even though it was light on Cannabis, it was still stereotypical. Too bad these news reports influence voters by masquerading as information worthy of consideration.

  • Craig

    Unbelievable…GREEN Tongue? Wow! How embarrassing for the police department to defend against that one. Like Seeing Alaska from her backyard(bet we know how this cop voted….lol) I hope Mike gets lots of money out of the deal and the cop has to see him rolling by in his limo toking a blunt on the way to the bank.

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