Although we’re probably as tired of the Ralphie May story as you are, we want to clear up some inaccurate information that has been put out there in the form of letters to the editor, news broadcasts, and in some cases by May himself.
You may have read some of that inaccurate information in today’s letter to the editor, in which the writer leaps to the assumption that we gave Mr. May a “pass” because he was a “celebrity.” Or maybe you saw on some of the local TV news how, according to Mr. May, we searched everyone and everything that night because we had a tip there was powder all over him…and then let him go.
Here’s the truth about what happened last Thursday evening:
Officers responded to the theater at the request of staff who had a few dozen angry people on their hands, demanding they get their money back because of May’s poor performance. In the course of their investigation, and in keeping with Mr. May’s rights under the 4th Amendment, the officers asked for and received consent from the Avalon staff and Mr. May’s manager to search the dressing room for any signs of drug use or illegal activity taking place at the theater. After a search, the officers didn’t find any evidence that there were drugs on the property, e.g. no marijuana smell, no burned marijuana, no edibles, no paraphernalia, nothing indicating public consumption by Mr. May.
Not finding anything at the theater, the officers then asked for consent to search the tour bus. Mr. May did not consent to allowing us to search the bus, as is his right. Absent consent, and without any further cause to search, we did not search the bus, or Mr. May, or any of his entourage. The officers sent him on his way, free to provide top-notch entertainment to other unsuspecting venues to the East.
Whatever our personal views on the legalization of marijuana, the voters have spoken and it is no longer illegal to be high on marijuana in Colorado unless you are consuming it in a public place or operating a motor vehicle. Mr. May didn’t get a “pass,” and we certainly weren’t “star-struck”… we simply didn’t have any evidence that would allow us to arrest him for a crime.
Although in most cases the media had been alerted that they were about to print or broadcast inaccurate information to the public, some chose to do it anyway.
If you’re like us, you’re probably done with the Ralphie May story. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “that’s all we’re going to say about that.”