Oct 08, 2008
A follow up to yesterday's post:
An astute reader in Texas sent an interesting link today: a court docket from Amarillo, Texas in which eight people were sentenced to jail for simple possession of marijuana (listed below). Texas law has a specific provision for repeat marijuana offenders that makes jail time a likely sentence, so these might not be the first offender unicorns John Walters was after, but these cases reveal two things.
First, people go to jail for having small amounts of marijuana all the time. Not a surprise to anyone reading this blog.
So why do I point this out? I mention it because you can help us continue to highlight these injustices. Take a few minutes and go over to your county's official web site and look up today's court docket. If you find a case where someone went to jail for marijuana possession, send a link to MPP or post it in the comments below.
Second, jail sentences are frequently imposed on repeat offenders. These are not the drug dealers and violent criminals who Walters claims are the only people going to jail for marijuana offenses, just regular citizens who have run afoul of a law that causes more harm than the drug they consumed.
Potter Court At Law Docket