I have to own up to the fact that I did break the law, but I can't accept how stupid it is that possession of marijuana is still illegal where I live. I was pulled over for speeding on my way home from work Saturday. I didn't know I was speeding, the officer had his lights on up ahead of me & turned around behind me. I immediately rolled my windows down, I wasn't actively smoking, but I knew I had it in the car. He asked for my license & immediately asked me to step out of the vehicle. My heart sank, because I knew that meant I was already under arrest. He asked if I had it in the car, and I told the truth, hoping (stupidly) for leniency. I admitted I had some pot and a pipe & told him where they were. I shouldn't have said a fucking thing, & I should have refused a search. But I didn't. He told me I'd be placed under arrest & I beg him to do anything but arrest me so I could go home to my daughter. But instead of taking my shit and just writing me a couple tickets, he fucking arrested me for less than 2 grams of weed. Seriously. He let me call my sister, so she could bring my mom to pick up the car, instead of impounding it. I guess that's the bright side.
Now in my opinion, being arrested & spending the night in jail are 2 different thing. And yeah, I had to fucking stay in the holding cell until arraignment with a judge the next morning. Again, I guess I'm lucky they even got a judge to come in on a Sunday. I do live in the Bible belt after all. On the drive, the cop told me I could lose my child to CPS and that smoking & driving was just as bad as drinking & driving. Once at the county jail, a female officer frisked me and took my belt, my bra (because it had underwire), my shoes, my hair band, and my plugs. Other than that I stayed in my work jeans and t-shirt. Then after taking my information down, they put me in a holding cell with 4 other women.
One was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart, one for a hit-and-run, one fell asleep driving and had a warrant for something else I'm not sure. The last had to sit the weekend out for not being able to pay her probation costs. They were all pretty sweet actually, consoled me when I cried about missing my daughter. Two of them had children also. The cell was a long white bricked room, with a small window in the door (with the view of a barren white walled hallway) and a silver toilet water fountain combo behind a waist high partition. A metal bench ran the span of one side. It smelled of BO & had a noticeable amount of long shedded hair on the floor. Did I mention we received no mats, no blankets, no books, & no sunlight. Just those long fluorescent bulbs, hot water from the fountain, and the peak through the tiny window of a CO every half hour or so were our only commodities. And there was a call button we used to ask for more toilet paper.
I think it was 5 pm when we got trays for dinner. Spaghetti, spinach, some iceberg lettuce to resemble salad, a slice of bread and some banana cake & a cup of orange koolaid. It wasn't inedible, so I tried to eat as much as possible so I wouldn't feel starving later. I might've gotten half of it down, I was obviously too depressed to have any appetite. Around 11 pm we were given mats and blankets to sleep. I had barely closed my eyes before the door open and my names was called. They waited til midnight to take a mugshot and scan my finger prints. The faulty technological equipment used to stream line their processes took fucking forever, and 3 male officers shot the shit while I stood against the wall. What seemed like another 30 minutes went by before they took me back to the holding cell, where I tried to sleep on a couple inches of makeshift stuffing in a plastic bag on top of the concrete floor until they came and took them away again at 4 am. Literally 4 am. At 6 we got trays with cheerios, a slice of bread and a scoop of peanut butter, half a banana, a packet of jelly, the kiddie sized carton of milk & a cup of black instant coffee. Then a female officer took the other ladies, one by one to take a shower. I didn't get one because I hadn't been there over 24 hours, which was fine by me honestly.