Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Struggling to balance need for news speed & concerns over getting the full story

UPDATE: 6:16 p.m., June 11: I ended up getting in touch with the Sheriff and posted the following story on
So here I sit at 10:39 a.m., waiting to hear back from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

I just interviewed a man who showed me a summons (ticket) he received for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. He wonders why the deputies ticketed him post Amendment 64, the Colorado Constitutional Amendmentwhich says having a small amount of pot is legal under state law. Federal law still bans it.

The man says he was walking home from work about 1 a.m. this week when Adams County Sheriff’s Deputies drove up and told him he looked suspicious. When they asked if he had any drugs or weapons, he told them he had a box cutter from work and a small amount of marijuana, he says.

That’s when he got the ticket.

I want to post this story on Readers care aboutmarijuana rights. There’s no reason to delay getting news out – except in cases where I don’t know the whole story.

So now I wait on AdCo.

Here’s the problem. I’ve been waiting since I first called the sheriff’s office to get some information at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

How long do I wait before I publish the story, with or with out an explanation from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office?