Smoked Tuna in the Can

He was the first big bust of the War on Drugs. That and two bits won't get you a cup of coffee.

With little resolved, Platshorn waits in line. All around is the incomprehensible droning of myriad languages and dialects and the occasional flash of the camera for license pictures. Finally, his turn arrives.

After a few questions, he declares, "I'm the longest-serving marijuana prisoner."

The woman behind the desk raises her eyebrows, but she doesn't look up from the computer monitor.

Robert Platshorn, 64, has eschewed his ragged prison sweats for much slicker duds since his release from Coleman Federal Prison on April Fool's Day this year.
Jacek Gancarz
Robert Platshorn, 64, has eschewed his ragged prison sweats for much slicker duds since his release from Coleman Federal Prison on April Fool's Day this year.
Platshorn enjoys a cocktail in London — an image of the Tuna before he was the Tuna.
Photo courtesy of the Platshorn family
Platshorn enjoys a cocktail in London — an image of the Tuna before he was the Tuna.

"Lesson learned?" she asks.

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