And now in bizarrely unfair news ... a teenager accused of making and selling pot brownies could face five years to LIFE in prison for the crime. 19-year-old Jacob Lavoro has been charged with a first-degree felony for the goodies because he allegedly used hash oil rather than regular marijuana to make them "magical."
Officials in Round Rock, Texas, therefore took the entire weight of the brownies rather than just the weight of the drugs to determine the amount of drugs in his possession. The brownies weighed a full pound and a half.
I have no idea how much hemp oil this knucklehead added to the brownies, but if they were indeed brownies, and not just a pan of hemp oil, then the flour and sugar and eggs and cocoa probably had something to do with that weight. Just an educated guess here.
Look, hugs not drugs, kids, and if this kid is convicted, he should be punished. But life in jail for pot brownies? What the heck? There are sex offenders who don't get life in jail.
Jamie Spencer, the legal counsel for the Texas division of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws agrees that the punishment is too harsh, saying, "That's higher than the punishment range for sexual assault, higher than the punishment range for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It's kind of crazy."
Totally nutso, in my humble opinion. Lavoro's lawyer, Jack Holmes, says, "I’ve been doing this 22 years as a lawyer and I’ve got 10 years as a police officer and I’ve never seen anything like this before ... they’ve weighed baked goods in this case. It ought to be a misdemeanor."
And of course his parents are freaking out. Wouldn't you be freaking out? His dad Joe wants his son to be punished for any illegal activity he committed, but says, "Five years to life? I'm sorry, I'm a law abiding citizen. I'm a conservative. I love my country. I'm a Vietnam veteran, but I'll be damned ... this is wrong, this is damn wrong!" He continued, "If [Jacob] did something wrong he should be punished, but to the extent that makes sense. This is illogical. I'm really upset, and I'm frightened, I'm frightened for my son."
So what do you think? Is five years to life too harsh for the crime of making and selling pot brownies?
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