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Bad Idea of the Week: Petting Drug-Sniffing Dogs When Carrying Pot

Stand-up comedian Ralphie May loves dogs. This weekend he went up to a German shepherd mix at baggage claim at the Guam airport and started...

Maria Goodavage  |  Oct 5th 2010


Ralphie May. Looks clean to me.

Stand-up comedian Ralphie May loves dogs. This weekend he went up to a German shepherd mix at baggage claim at the Guam airport and started petting her. She sat down. He figured she was showing how much she liked him, too.

But what he thought was a sign of enjoyment was really quite a different sign. He explains in an article in Gawker:

“(Sitting down) indicates to the handler that I had marijuana on me. I didn’t know that, I just thought that dog loved me. Then another dog came over and it sat down as well and I petted that dog too. I was thinking these dogs love me they can tell I’m a dog person.”

The comedian has a license to carry medical marijuana, and was carrying under an ounce, which he says he forgot he had on him. The winner of Last Comic Standing paid a small fine and went on his merry way.

At least he’ll have plenty of material for his next self-deprecating stand-up routine.