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Police: Florida man handed out marijuana 'because it was Christmas'

St. Petersburg officers said the man had marijuana "shake" on his sleeve.
Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested Saturday after officers say he was handing out marijuana.

Richard Spurrier told officers he was giving out the pot "because it was Christmas," according to an arrest report. 

The report states a witness said Spurrier was handing out marijuana to people as they passed by in downtown St. Petersburg. Officers said Spurrier had marijuana "shake" – a small amount of pot – on his shirt sleeve.

In his backpack, officers said they found 45 grams of marijuana and a prescription bottle with Spurrier's name on it. Officers also found a purple glass pipe and a digital scale, both with marijuana residue on them, according to the report.

Spurrier was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell/distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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