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Plea reached in music festival drug case

September 7, 2006

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An Albuquerque, N.M., man originally charged with felony drug dealing at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival has received a fine and unsupervised probation after reaching a plea agreement. In a hearing last week in District Court, Judge Paula Martin ordered Dustin D. Russell to pay a $500 fine and court costs and placed him on six months' unsupervised probation.

He was initially charged with dealing LSD, but the charge was reduced to misdemeanor drug possession as part of a plea agreement with Dist. Atty. Charles Branson's office.

In an interview after his arrest, Russell admitted using LSD - or "getting spun" - at concerts to enhance the experience of the music.

"It's just part of the scene," he said.

But he denied he was selling the drug.

Comments

swbsow 7 years, 7 months ago

Powershopper, aren't you supposed to watch "Dark Side of the Moon" with the Wizard of Oz? Or is that something else I've heard?

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feeble 7 years, 7 months ago

Seems like the lj board riders can't get enough Judge bashin'! Ought to make it a civic holiday or something.

Of course, the DA had to accept the plea in the first place, which kind of makes leveling blame at the judge a bit stupid, but who cares about facts, amirite?

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powershopper 7 years, 7 months ago

I once took LSD at a Grateful Dead concert. It was a great experience. Though never a habitual user, as many of my friends were, I came through fine on the other side and am now a successful professional living a very normal and well adjusted life. There are many rumors surrounding LSD but many of them are non-truths promoted by the DARE/Anti-drug organizations. Erotomania is absolutely correct, LSD has does not effect a person's well being unless they have a pre-existing condition such as schizophrenia. LSD can trigger symptons but not create them.

As for my friends who were habitual users, ALL of them are now grown adults living happy, healthy lives.

For all of those youngster's experimenting with the drug now (or mushrooms) I wouldn't recommend a concert as the best venue to drop. More so, I would recommend a comfortable setting with a good group of friends, a couple of blunts, glow-sticks, and, or course, "Dark Side of the Moon" or "The Wall" by Pink Floyd.

Have a great weekend!

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erotomania 7 years, 7 months ago

No need to "turn your children over to the drug deal", they will find them on their own. That is, if they haven't already!

Good Day!

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erotomania 7 years, 7 months ago

LSD is a very potent drug, but is physically quite safe and non-toxic. Its effects include mild euphoria and anxiety, altered perceptions, and the ability to pass between states of consciousness. Visual hallucinations are the most noticeable by users. The acute effects taper off as time progresses and are usually gone by the next morning.

           Chronic effects of the drug can be positive and negative.
        Positive  effects  include   spiritual  contact  and   self-
        exploration; the most severe negative effect is known as LSD
        psychosis.  LSD  has shown to  have therapeutic  usefulness,
        although research  has been  severely limited  for the  last
        several decades.  LSD psychosis has been linked to forms  of
        schizophrenia, and thus, to some physiological disorders  --
        it appears to be dependent on the user, and not on the drug.

The Psychological Effects of LSD

                                Marc Anderson
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Ray Parker 7 years, 7 months ago

Dangerous LSD is a misdemeanor fine and probation? Well, you might as well turn your children over to the drug dealers, with Paula Martin still on her leftist, activist, soft-on-child-rapists bench.

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