What would YOU do with a free case of bud?

Posted: April 26, 2011

YOU'D smoke it.

Or, hey, the economy's down, so maybe you'd sell it to your buddy who brought a joint to the college reunion.

But only about a third of the more than 1,500 readers who voted in a Philly.com poll yesterday said that they would call police - as an Upper Darby couple did last week - if 5 pounds of pot mysteriously showed up on their doorstep.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr. said that he's disappointed in the nearly 70 percent of you who wouldn't turn the marijuana over to authorities.

"Fortunately, these are good, law-abiding people," Chitwood said of the couple that received the weed shipment, which had a $20,000 estimated street value.

They had plenty of reasons to call the cops. If you get caught sitting on 5 pounds of bud, do you think the judge is going to believe it was for "personal" use? And what if the drug dealer sends his goons to find his missing herb?

"They're scared to death that these guys could come looking for it," Chitwood said of the law-abiding couple. "Dial 9-1-1. Call police for any package you're not sure of. In this day and age, who knows what it is. It could be explosives."

Yet, most Philly.com readers say that if they were presented with a free brick of high-grade pot, they wouldn't exactly be asking themselves, "What Would Chitwood Do?"

Forty-eight percent said that they'd fire it up, while 19 percent said that they'd sell it, according to the poll - which shouldn't be that surprising, considering the evolving national mood toward marijuana.

Fifty-two percent of Americans support legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, according to a 2009 Zogby poll. And larger majorities support the medical use of marijuana and elimination of jail time for recreational users, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Chitwood said that the package turned over to his department had likely been sent to Upper Darby to test the postal system to see if larger drug shipments could get through, or with the intent of intercepting it just before it got to the unwitting recipients.

It's not uncommon, either. Upper Darby police handle eight or more such drug cases a year, Chitwood said.

Those, of course, are only the ones they know about.

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