22 Years Ago – David Lee Roth Busted for Marijuana Possession
In fact, on April 16, 1993, Roth reached what might have been the nadir of his time away from the band: getting arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for attempting to score some drugs. That's all bad enough, but as it turned out, he wasn't even looking for much -- according to the police report of the incident, Roth sparked up his legal woes by trying to buy a measly $5 bag of marijuana.
As an NYPD spokesperson quickly pointed out, Roth's offense amounted to "less than a misdemeanor," with a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine. Ultimately, the case was "adjourned pending dismissal," meaning the charges would be wiped out if he could stay out of trouble for a year.
All's well that ends well, but that's still a drag, man, and definitely the kind of thing that easily could have harshed a less committed partygoer's mellow. Not our pal Diamond Dave, though -- during a subsequent appearance on the Howard Stern Show (embedded above), he scoffed at the whole thing, comparing his trip to the park for some weed to "buying a pretzel or soda on a Sunday afternoon." Who can argue with logic like that?
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