Madison High School Student Arrested for Marijuana Possession, Intent To Distribute

Police discovered substance in 18-year-old's car, home following a Feb.5 traffic stop

Update June 12 2012: Fairfax County Court records now show a "nolle prosequi," indicating the county decided not to prosecute Medwedeff for either of the charges.

Original Feb 8 2011: An 18-year-old James Madison High School student was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Cameron Scott Medwedeff, 18, of Windover Avenue,was stopped on Saturday by Vienna Police Sgt. Tom Taylor in the 200 block of Maple Avenue. As Taylor approached the vehicle he detected marijuana, according to Vienna Police, and after further investigation, he found four ounces of marijuana in the trunk.

Vienna Police said Taylor later received a search warrant for Medwedeff's home, where he found drug paraphernalia and an additional 11 ounces of marijuana.

Medwedeff was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on $7,500 bond for each of the two charges brought against him. Attempts to call  the center to confirm if Medwedeff was still held there were unsuccessful.

Vienna Police Officer Bill Murray said he does not recall the last time police arrested a Madison student for possession with the intent to distribute. He said the department is "constantly in contact" with the school and its resource officer, and prepares reports to the school for all arrested students.

Anone E. Mous February 18, 2011 at 04:40 AM
On the topic of marijuana's overall effect on the brain...the effects are actually beneficial. (you anti-marijuana folks are not going to believe this so please read it for yourself) Marijuana has been found to stimulate neurogenesis, which is the process of new neuron growth. So marijuana actually causes you to GAIN brain cells, which is the inverse of what most people would expect. http://www.biosignaling.com/content/8/1/12 -study proving neurogenesis in the brain There have also been studies conducted on the cognitive effects cannabis users experience, basically how being high effects basic functioning capability. Such as driving or tying your shoes. It was found that "heavy" cannabis users, experience NO cognitive dysfunction, and a study in the UK even went so far as to say that people drive safer after using marijuana. (a study which I don't necessarily think applies to everyone, but is insightful all the same.) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20600251?dopt=Abstract -Cognitive abilities after using marijuana http://www.mapinc.org/newscc/v00/n1161/a02.html -UK study suggesting people are safer drivers when they're high on marijuana If you'd like to know where the cannabinoid receptors (the receptors in our body which respond to the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids) are in our bodies, or would like to understand just how cannabinoids work, there was a report done by BBC on the topic which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGKpbqXwg84
Crystal February 18, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Still I*L*L*E*G*A*L!! No matter how you want to sugar coat it!
Anone E. Mous February 18, 2011 at 05:49 PM
the founding of this country was illegal, should the founding fathers of tucked their wigs between their legs and stayed at home while the British oppressed them? Also, interestingly enough there is also strong evidence suggesting that the founding fathers smoked pot in correspondence between them and Washington's own journal.
Dick Kennedy February 18, 2011 at 07:57 PM
When I graduated from college, inter-racial marriage was illegal in Virginia and many other states. Fortunately, there were people with the courage to break that law and thus expose its irrationality and inhumanity. Finally, in 1967, the Supreme Court ruled that bans on marriage between races are unconstitutional, and Virginia was forced to change its law. I doubt that Cameron was committing an act of civil disobedience, but it is through cases such as his that people will eventually see how stupid, unfair, and counter-productive marijuana prohibition is.
Erica R. Hendry February 18, 2011 at 08:15 PM
After more than a week of lively discussion, it's time for this thread to close down. Thanks for all of your active participation. Please look for follow-up stories on these issues over the next few weeks. Erica


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