Barney Frank Was at 2007 Drug Bust
House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was present when his partner was arrested for marijuana possession in August 2007, according to a Friday report by MyFoxBoston.The Boston Fox News affiliate reported that Frank, the lead sponsor of a bill to decriminalize possession for “responsible— users of the drug, was on the porch of James Ready’s home in Maine when Ready was arrested for growing marijuana plants.Ready was charged with “marijuana possession, cultivation and use of drug paraphernalia.— He pleaded guilty to civil possession and paid a fine, according to the report. The rest of the charges were dismissed in 2008, according to MyFoxBoston.Frank was questioned by police but was never arrested or charged. The news outlet said it learned of the 2-year-old report when a source told the station that Frank was listed as a witness on the original police report.“The police went by me and went on the corner and said, These are marijuana plants,’ and I said, Gee, I didn’t know, frankly I wouldn’t recognize one’ — [the plants] were out of my sight,— Frank told MyFoxBoston on Friday. When pressed by the reporter about how he could introduce a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession and not know what it looked like, Frank said he was offended by the question. “You are asking me in the tone of voice that [suggests] you don’t believe me. There’s no basis for that,— Frank told the MyFoxBoston reporter. “I’m not a great outdoorsman, I do not smoke marijuana myself, I have never smoked marijuana, I don’t know what the plants look like, I couldn’t identify most plants.—Frank’s bill would remove federal criminal penalties for marijuana users who possess less than 100 grams of the drug. Frank has also introduced legislation to “prevent federal authorities from prosecuting pharmacies, growers and users of medical marijuana in states where the use of the substance for medical reasons is legal,— according to a June 2009 release from Frank’s office. Frank’s office did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment on the incident.