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Texas man faces possible life
sentence for selling pot brownies

Washington Post, by Radley Balko

Original Article

Posted By:zoidberg, 5/20/2014 12:55:33 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I put up a post about the absurd method in which the drug laws allow law enforcement officials to determine the quantity of an illicit drug for which a suspect can be charged. The laws aren’t written to punish offenders for the amount of a given drug they have made available to the public (or, put another way, for the amount of harm they have done). They’re written to inflict the maximum possible amount of punishment.(snip) A Texas man accused of making and selling marijuana brownies is facing up to life in prison if convicted.

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This happens in the mess that is Texas.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 5/20/2014 1:46:43 PM     (No. 9855561)

Knee jerk reaction by liberal Pajama Boy. Smoke some more weed OP, it will help you escape reality but Texas will still be there when you come out of your pot induced stupor.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tank, 5/20/2014 1:54:57 PM     (No. 9855573)

Way to attack the messenger. #1, do you think putting this guy in jail for five years to life is justice?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jond, 5/20/2014 1:57:35 PM     (No. 9855575)

Its far better to be thought an ignorant fool than to show up in Texas and remove all doubt.

Please, OP. Stay where you are.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Edgelady, 5/20/2014 1:57:39 PM     (No. 9855576)

Williamson county is tough on crime - but suffers from severe tunnel vision and taking itself too seriously, to counter-balance its proximity to Austin.

It´s absurd to factor in the weight of the flour, sugar, etc., when determining the level of the crime - especially when the state is re-visiting its stance on medical marijuana as well as lowering length of punishment for possession.

This was dumb for the kid to do - ingesting marijuana is a completely different effect on the body than smoking - the effect is stronger and lasts much longer and does impair one. But life in prison for a non-criminal career kid lacks logic.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zoidberg, 5/20/2014 2:22:22 PM     (No. 9855593)

I´ll recant my opinion of Texas if you can convince me that a life sentence is appropriate here. There are a lot of things to love about Texas, but their laws and law enforcement don´t make that list.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 5/20/2014 2:26:32 PM     (No. 9855597)

Yo..yo..#1 You calling Balko . "Pajama Boy"? BaaaHaaaaaHaaaa.. Bo Ho Ho.. Nuck..Nuck!!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jond, 5/20/2014 2:51:34 PM     (No. 9855616)

IMHO yeah - the sentencing is way to harsh.

But if you are going to throw liberal stink bombs, don´t try to hide behind messenger status.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 5/20/2014 3:00:41 PM     (No. 9855630)

You don´t have to recant anything, just stay out of Texas.

I don´t really care if you have problems coping with life and need to self medicate by smoking pot. All I ask is that you don´t endanger innocent lives by driving in your messed up catatonic state of mind.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 5/20/2014 3:36:32 PM     (No. 9855660)

Typical twisted headline designed to generate hits. The kid was charged with a felony, which no matter what the actual felony is, carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of life. The article does not even remotely suggest the prosecutor is asking for even the five years, let alone life. The "author" knows that by putting the "life in Prison for Pot in Texas" headline out there a million outraged potheads will immediately plunge headfirst in to the Texas bashing.

And reading the comments Balko knows his (her?) audience. Enough righteous indignation and we´re so much better than you self congratulation going on you´d think it was a freshman self esteem workshop.

Should the kid be charged with a felony for simple possession, maybe, maybe not. From this account you don´t know if he had two brownies or a thousand, whether he was wholesaling them by the carload, selling them to kindergartners or just had a couple crumbs in his pocket.

The only thing you know is that he was charged with a felony, and just like every other state in the union, you can get life in prison for a felony conviction.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 5/20/2014 8:31:27 PM     (No. 9855846)

Oh shoot. I hope he hasn´t sold them all yet.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/20/2014 11:56:23 PM     (No. 9855975)

He was trying to raise money to move to CO ?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 5/21/2014 8:21:22 AM     (No. 9856222)

Since when does a felony mean a minimum of five years? Since when does a felony mean a risk of life imprisonment?

You guy like to fuss about how the libs go to any extent to cover their inanities, but do the same thing when it comes to your beloved War on (some) Drugs.

The kid plays football -- that will count for a lot with a Texas jury...

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