Frank Ocean cited for marijuana possession
January 3rd, 2013
04:57 PM ET

Frank Ocean cited for marijuana possession

Frank Ocean ended 2012 with a run-in with the law.

On New Year's Eve, the singer was pulled over for speeding and ended up busted for alleged marijuana possession.

The “channel ORANGE” singer was driving along Highway 395 in Mono County, California, when the California Highway Patrol spotted his black BMW speeding at around 4:30 in the afternoon, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department. The officer noted a strong odor of marijuana when approaching the car, and discovered that Ocean was carrying a small bag of pot.

The R&B star was cited for possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and was released on the spot. The incident has been passed on to the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for further review.

Reps for Ocean tell CNN that they have no comment about the incident.

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    January 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stoner

    Smoking pot is a victimless crime. Many judges are getting sick of prosecuting these crimes. Takes up court time, and the jails are full. Why? Who does it hurt? In our town, we just passed a law making it a fine, and that's it. Besides, I'd much rather have a house full of people smoking pot, than drinking any day. What's the worst thing that could happen, they raid my frig? If alcohol is legal, so should smoking pot.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCBAMA

      I think he had just put one out smoking it in the car. Strong odor as cop approached the car. He should of gone to jail for DUI.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoner

      I never endorsed smoking it in your car. He was a dumbazz for doing that. I think what you do in the privacy of your own home is nobody's business, but your own.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. X is Confirmed

    America is safer now that this man has been penalized for possessing weed. Give me a break, drug laws are a joke. He wasn't hurting anybody.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCBAMA

      There would have not been an issue had he not been smoking and driving.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cube 7

    leave frank alone...he has enough issues–

    January 4, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. eight-done.

    so the guy had pot in hiis car who cares.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peace

    Sounds like a good time for the "Friday" song.
    (96.9 LAV FM, every Fri at 5pm)

    January 4, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Clorox

    go wash the smell off. next.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    After reading through lots of these comments, I'm really saddened by what America has become. Gutless, weak, sniveling, rank and petty. You lazy jacka**es are lucky that you inherited a great country, because you sure don't contribute to're simply takers. Parasites. The United States is weaker because of you.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. joesense

    a black dude got caught with weed.... wow! thanks CNN for that insightful breaking news

    January 4, 2013 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. tatonka

    He should move to Colorado.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  16. joey

    he should have bought rx weed license for 40 dollars in venice beach.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  17. you brain will fry like a burger.

    stop the madness

    January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. puff that right through your lungs....


    January 4, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  19. jamar

    use clorox for mouthwash

    January 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DiDi

    "Swim good" /his song- smoke good bwahaaahaaaa light it up now pass that $h!t

    January 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. i sing for real...

    frank is not sure what time zone he's in right now does he?

    January 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. you parties sound fun...

    a b-plug and weed...

    January 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Zor[]c

    Bad azz singer though fo real

    January 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. He's bi

    use a good strong detergent.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Winston5

    ...told you he was cool.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. effects of too much marijuana

    Marijuana impinges on the central nervous system by attaching to brain's neurons and interfering with normal communication between the neurons. These nerves respond by altering their initial behavior. For example, if a nerve is suppose to assist one in retrieving short-term memory, cannabinoids receptors make them do the opposite. So if one has to remember what he did five minutes ago, after smoking a high dose of marijuana, he has trouble. Marijuana plant contains 400 chemicals and 60 of them are cannabinoids, which are psychoactive compounds that are produced inside the body after cannabis is metabolized or is extorted from the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids is an active ingredient of marijuana. The most psychoactive cannabinoids chemical in marijuana that has the biggest impact on the brain is tetrahydrocannibol, or THC. THC is the main active ingredient in marijuana because it affects the brain by binding to and activating specific receptors, known as cannabinoid receptors. "These receptors control memory, thought, concentration, time and depth, and coordinated movement. THC also affects the production, release or re-uptake (a regulating mechanism) of various neurotransmitters."(2) Neurotransmitters are chemical messenger molecules that carry signals between neurons. Some of these affects are personality disturbances, depression and chronic anxiety. Psychiatrists who treat schizophrenic patient advice them to not use this drug because marijuana can trigger severe mental disturbances and cause a relapse.

    When one's memory is affected by high dose of marijuana, short-term memory is the first to be triggered. Marijuana's damage to short-term memory occurs because THC alters the way in which information is processed by the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for memory formation. "One region of the brain that contains a lot of THC receptors is the hippocampus, which processes memory."(3) Hippocampus is the part of the brain that is important for memory, learning, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivation. It also converts information into short-term memory. "Because it is a steroid, THC acts on the hippocampus and inhibits memory retrieval."(4) THC also alters the way in which sensory information is interpreted. "When THC attaches to receptors in the hippocampus, it weakness the short-term memory,"(5) and damages the nerve cells by creating structural changes to the hippocampus region of the brain. When a user has a high dose of marijuana, new information does not register into their brain and this may be lost from memory and they are not able to retrieve new information for more than a few minutes. There is also a decrease in the activity of nerve cells.

    There are two types of memory behavior that is affected by marijuana, recognition memory and free cells. Recognition memory is the ability to recognize correct words. Users can usually recognize words that they previous saw before smoking but claim to recognize words that they did not previously see before smoking. This mistake is known as memory intrusions. Memory intrusions are also the consequence of THC affecting the free cell of the brain. "Marijuana disrupts the ability to freely recall words from a list that has been presented to an intoxicated subject."(6) For example, if a list of vocabulary words presented to the intoxicated subject and few minutes later, they have to recall the words that were on the list. The only words that they remember are the last group of words and not the words that are in the beginning of the list. This is an initiation that their memory storage has been affected. "The absence of an effect at short term delay times indicates that cannabinodis did not impair the ability to perform the basic task, but instead produce a selective learning and/or memory deficit."(7) I did a study with two college students (Student A and Student B) who both smoke marijuana every other week. This particular study was done an hour before, while and after they were under the influence of the drug. Student A was watching television before she smoked marijuana, was asked which advertisement was splayed before the show started and she got four out of five of her answers correct. After this first section, she smoked a small dose of marijuana twice within an hour. Fifteen minutes after she smoked her last blunt, she continued her regular activity of watching sitcoms. When a commercial would come on, I would ask her simple questions like what happened before the show went to a commercial break. Her responses would be macro-answers about what was going on but when I asked her what the main character was wearing, she did not remember. This was ironic because the protagonist wore a bright yellow suit that my friend commenting on earlier when the show began ten minutes ago. Her short-term memory is weakening because she was only able to remember big picture information and not small picture. Though the results are interesting, I know that I would have had different response on someone else because it depends on how often the user smokes and if they have good memory prior to smoking weed.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Important Information on Marijuana

      Marijuana also impairs emotions. When smoking marijuana, the user may have uncontrollable laughter one minute and paranoia the next. This instant change in emotions has to do with the way that THC affects the brain's limbic system. The limbic system is another region of the brain that governs one's behavior and emotions. It also "coordinates activities between the visceral base-brain and the rest of the nervous system."(8) I am now going to use Students B to describe how emotions are affected by marijuana. Students B is an articulate and well spoken young woman who has a troublesome relationship with her best friends which gets her upset and tense up. But after she smoked one high dose weed, her body was relaxed however, she had trouble formulating her thoughts clearly and would talk in pieces and was jubilant. It has been researched that a person needs to have high dose of marijuana would be in the state of euphoria. High dose of marijuana is measured as "15mg of THC can cause increased heart rate, gross motor disturbances, and can lead to panic attacks."(9) Thankfully, Student A did not experience any of these extreme examples.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston5 sound like you'd be real fun at parties.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lewis

      Ahhhhh puhlease take that junk elsewhere........... smoke somtin.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oneironaut

      Yeah, and people who are drunk have more trouble than sober people with motor skills and keeping emotions under control. What's your point?

      January 4, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • hate

      you brain cells will fry and you will die.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  27. Iexploreexec.

    weed kills brain cells, causes loss of memory, behavior is off balance and sometimes vicious

    January 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. AL

    Blow easy on an ounce, thats alot for a day but just enough for a week what can i say.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      buy good weed and you won't have to smoke an ounce a week or a day. My OZs last a month + and I been smokin for 40 years. MMJ is great.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Perfect Match

    dysfuntional and useless...lemon pledge.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. rob

    Stupid cop, busting people for marijuana is a joke.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  32. us_1776

    Quit arresting people for this harmless intoxicant that has never killed a single human being.


    January 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Al

    Sounds like a good case for DUI (Dummy Under the Influence) That is still against the law even if Marijuana is legal in the state.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisequinn

      Just because he was in possession, that doesn't mean he was driving under the influence.

      January 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Officer Stedanko

    Bust their a$$ and smoke their grass.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ishiibrad

      The only way to catch a smoker is when you yourself become a toker !
      The only way to make them bleed is when you bust there ass and steal their weed !

      January 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. randall

    did they even bother to test him for impaired driving? driving high is the same as alcohol under the law

    January 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  36. stuck home again

    go to bed early

    January 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. sk

    My Bongie went over the Ocean ...

    January 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. brad76?

    nobody cares

    January 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Brad76

    Just silly... Marijuana laws are outdated and ridiculous. Can we please get real soon?

    January 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  40. McRidge

    leave the guy be-he's confused

    January 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mcmorin

    Stories like this just seem silly now. Just legalize it already.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. burp

    excuse me.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Stormy

    I see CNN has quickly become the new National Enquirer. Then again, no one comes here for real news anymore. Most of us come here to get our fill of hearsay, rumors, conjecture, and political posturing. If we want real news we go to Fox News, or CNBC. CNN has blown chunks and been unreliable since the early 2000's.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Commander Forever

    leave this guy alone....

    January 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  45. should i do a frank ocean song that night?


    January 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. HomeAlone12

    who is frank ocean?

    January 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlblogscbgoldsmith

      In the real world you'd either look up who Frank Ocean is or keep your ignorance a secret. In the troll universe you admit your ignorance as if its' Frank Ocean's fault you don't know him. He's the best new R & B artist in years and I'm 55 and I know him. Move out from under your Bridge and join the real world.

      January 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • HomeAlone12


      January 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  47. RunFar

    smoking weed is a person's business - although after tonight i'm getting that old 1980's feeling again.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bone Turds N Harmony

    Who the hell is that ugly black turd? How is this news?

    January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. ronjayaz

    Move to Colorado or Washington State.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  50. back to topic spiderman


    January 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sure something happened

    i'm going to get frank the weed monger...baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    January 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  52. margaret smith


    January 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. maxwellbeber

    Wow... nothing happened, who cares. How about the stuff that matters CNN, you know... actual news?

    January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |


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  55. Pete Lee

    love it there.... all bloggers come joins us.


    January 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Miked?

    bye who? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    January 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  57. where is spiderman?

    smoking a bone? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    January 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. 4:18-22 seconds.....

    don't smoke any more weed frank...its affecting your brain...


    January 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. stephen48739

    No stems, no seeds, that you don't need, Acapulco Gold is bad a** weed!

    January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Kelly51

    So what! There are plenty of people that smoke it, have smoked it or will always smoke it. News! We need news!

    January 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Rom

    LOL! It was probably closer to 4:20 tho 😉

    January 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |


    January 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Anonymous


    January 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Miked

    Some laws are designed to make money from the innocent. Who profits from marijuana being illegal? Law inforcement, medical coverage (Medicaid can deny coverage if the is in the body), tobacco and alcohol industries.

    January 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miked

      ...and since tobacco and alcohol creates more crime and killings, this spells more money for the medical and law inforcements. Why would they want to bring healthy and peaceful country by legalizing weed? Who are the REAL criminals?

      January 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto & guest

      come see my pet...baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...glad i thought to call him


      January 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Doubtin'Thomas

    Can somebody just leave a black man and his weed alone, please!

    January 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • margaret

      Can somebody please leave everyone alone about a little weed? Why don't they put their energy towards the evil thugs who are killing each other with guns.

      January 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Darvoid

    Why is this news?
    The best part of this story is the comment section.

    January 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Casey McMahon

    Was the Marijuana's first love a man?

    January 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  68. bobonmycob

    Busted for pot.... so sick of hearing that crap. Stop trying to make a big deal about such a widely used. popular, plant. It's state legal in certain places so I guess those states have BAD BAD BAD people.

    January 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  69. empresstrudy

    Petty pot bust is the new gay.

    January 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Tom

    Wow! Marijuana... really? A musician that tokes? Must be the first one.

    January 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  71. UFC iTard

    OMG Marijuana? What is the world coming to!?!?!

    January 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  72. DNA

    "around 4:30" heheheh

    January 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |

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