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Teen faces life in prison over hash brownies


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#1    OverSword

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:52 PM

They should just unilaterally legalize it.  This is ridiculous.  I'm an adult.  Marijuana is legal for me to smoke where I live. Last night I got home from work, made a phone call to the local distributor, delivery guy came to the door, I showed him my identification, paid him some money, gave hime a tip like I would the pizza guy and proceeded to enjoy myself.  That's Washington.  In Texas you get five years to life for brownies.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:58 PM

I will agree with you. I personally no longer use the substance, but I see it as hardly worth an extended stay. Had he been a minor or taken it to school, I could see being strict about it. You know, like alcohol or tobacco. Outside of that, this is silly. Not your reaction, the legal BS.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:59 PM

The only reason for setneces like this are it's more cost effective for a privatized prison system to keep non-violent offenders locked up than murderers.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:00 PM

Texas is by far more socially conservative than Washington.  There is also the issue of states rights vs big government.  I agree that it isn't fair, but I generally have no sympathy for people that go to or live in an area with laws like this, break them, and then look to freedom in other areas as their defense.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:00 PM

He changed the ingredients:

Jacob Lavoro, a 19-year-old from Round Rock, Texas, was charged with a first degree felony because he used hash oil instead of marijuana, allowing the state to weigh the brownies as a whole — including the sugar, cocoa, butter and other ingredients — to calculate the weight of the drugs.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:05 PM

Just another example how the drug laws are unjust.


This kids whole life is ruined because of a victim-less crime that only involved himself.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:05 PM

The only way he could truly be spending to the rest of his life in prison is if he decided to join a gang in there and kill some guards. Life sentences can, and are, reduced if you keep your nose clean, especially with non violent criminals.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:14 PM

View Post_Only, on 20 May 2014 - 08:05 PM, said:

The only way he could truly be spending to the rest of his life in prison is if he decided to join a gang in there and kill some guards. Life sentences can, and are, reduced if you keep your nose clean, especially with non violent criminals.

Just saying.

Do you think this guy should be in jail? Even for one night?

Personally I don't think society is safer with this "criminal" behind bars


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:20 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 20 May 2014 - 08:14 PM, said:

Do you think this guy should be in jail? Even for one night?

Personally I don't think society is safer with this "criminal" behind bars
I agree in this case.  However, it is the responsibility of a citizen of a given state to know and conform with the laws of that state.  If a person wants to get high legally then moving to a state where it is accepted is the answer.  OR lobby for a change in the state laws.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:29 PM

I guess the only thing holding USA together as one big country is the comfort status quo brings, people love comfort.. just seems otherworldly and like an unexplained mystery that a country with so different "mini-countries" inside it could still hold up as one. I guess it goes to show you have strong patriotism, for better and worse.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:30 PM

yep, over 500 gramms, 25 to life. and since he was selling, he'll go as a dealer, mandatory sentances,  

if he was eathing them himself most likely no one would even know, but once you start selling....

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:31 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 20 May 2014 - 08:14 PM, said:

Do you think this guy should be in jail? Even for one night?


I'll tell you the same thing I told the judge years ago which gave me my exit from jury duty: I don't think I can be here to judge this drug dealer, as I am an addict and have had problems with drugs in my past, and therefore cannot judge a seller of drugs fairly.

Marijuana stole the most formative years of my life, and led me down a road that set me 11 years behind the rest of normal young adults in the world. I really dislike sellers of artificial highs. It might be okay for sporadic day trippers who carry on their normal lives, but for addicts, 'harmless' drugs can ruin our life.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:33 PM

View PostMikko-kun, on 20 May 2014 - 08:29 PM, said:

I guess the only thing holding USA together as one big country is the comfort status quo brings, people love comfort..

That's why sales of nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana have always been the biggest in the country.. well, world.

All artificial comfort.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:41 PM

View Post_Only, on 20 May 2014 - 08:31 PM, said:

I'll tell you the same thing I told the judge years ago which gave me my exit from jury duty: I don't think I can be here to judge this drug dealer, as I am an addict and have had problems with drugs in my past, and therefore cannot judge a seller of drugs fairly.

Marijuana stole the most formative years of my life, and led me down a road that set me 11 years behind the rest of normal young adults in the world. I really dislike sellers of artificial highs. It might be okay for sporadic day trippers who carry on their normal lives, but for addicts, 'harmless' drugs can ruin our life.
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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:37 PM

HOLY CRAMOLY.....Round Rock is where I live.....what pizza place was it? (Just curious, I promise.)





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