"Buzzed" 15-Year Old Crashes Car, Breaks Pot Club Owner's Legs

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    The chief operator of a San Jose medical cannabis dispensary was busted on drug charges Saturday after a "buzzed teenager" crashed the SUV he was riding in into a fence.

    Make your own pot puns, please.

    The chief operator of a San Jose medical cannabis dispensary was busted on drug charges Saturday after a "buzzed teenager" crashed the SUV he was riding in into a fence east of Gilroy, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

    Steven Gonzales, 49, is the "owner of an unnamed marijuana dispensary in San Jose," according to police, and account executive of a company called Hemp Fusion. For whatever reason, he chose not to drive a 2004 Lexus RX330 on Saturday and instead handed the keys to a 15-year old boy.

    The teenager, who is below the legal driving age, drove the SUV off of State Route 156 and onto the shoulder, hitting a fence at around 1:30 p.m. The crash broke both of Gonzales's legs. The teenager was not hurt, but was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of DUI, according to the newspaper.

    The boy's name and his relationship to Gonzales were not released. He is a San Jose resident as well, the newspaper reported.

    For Gonzales, however, insult was added to injury. He was flown by helicopter to an area hospital, where police saw fit to place him under arrest "for illegally possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia at the time of the crash, and for being under the influence of drugs," according to the newspaper.

    No word on whether the controlled substance was legal medical cannabis, or whether Gonzales is a medical cannabis patient with a doctor's recommendation. Though none of that will go very far in explaining to a judge why a 15-year old was driving the car.

    Guess he should have passed the keys.