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Life for Half an Ounce of Medical Marijuana?

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A Texas state trooper stops a 1990 Mercedes with an expired registration sticker. The driver says he does not have his driver's license or proof of insurance. After arresting him for "failure to identify," the trooper searches him and his car, finding 14 grams (half an ounce) of marijuana and hashish. Indicted for possession with intent to deliver, he could be sent to prison for the rest of his life.

Does it matter that the defendant is a 20-year-old asthmatic who obtained the cannabis with a doctor's recommendation in California? Not under Texas law, which prohibits the use of marijuana for any purpose. And the situation in which Chris Diaz finds himself would be outrageous even without the medical angle. Senior Trooper Sparky Dean explains how a routine traffic stop turned into a potential life sentence:

The car had an expired registration. That could have been a citation and sent him [Diaz] down the road. He had no license or proof of insurance. Again, that could have been a citation. He had two ounces of marijuana, and that could have been a citation. But he had a controlled substance and he wouldn't identify himself. [Trooper] Martin [Molotsky] had to arrest him.

Seriously? No matter what your view of the war on drugs, the leap from citable offense to first-degree felony is hard to fathom, let alone justify. In Texas, according to Dean, half an ounce of marijuana can get you anything from a ticket to life in prison, depending on factors that have nothing to  do with the moral gravity of the offense. Although Diaz's cannabis was still in the bottles used by the medical marijuana dispensary where he obtained it, Brown County prosecutors cite a cell phone "containing text messages referring to drug sales" and a notebook with "drug and law writings" as evidence of intent to deliver. They put the retail value of the cannabis at $2,400, or $171 per gram—more than 10 times the hash prices reported at 420 Magazine and Grass City. Diaz has been held in the Brown County Jail since June 27, with bail set at $40,000.

In case you're wondering whether cannabis is an effective treatment for asthma, you can find discussions of that issue here and here.

Addendum: Texas law puts hashish ("resinous extractives of Cannabis") in Penalty Group 2, making possession of four to 400 grams with intent to deliver a first-degree felony, which carries a possible life sentence. Mere possession of four to 400 grams is a second-degree felony with a maximum sentence of 20 years. By contrast, the maximum penalty for delivering a quarter ounce to five pounds of marijuana is two years, while merely possessing two ounces or less is a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of three months in jail. So according to the state of Texas, cannabis resin is 50 to 80 times as bad as cannabis buds, even though its THC content is 20 times higher at most. That's comparing crappy marijuana to high-quality hash. If you compare high-quality marijuana to crappy hash, the difference in THC content can be small to nonexistent. But in Texas it still can be the difference between a slap on the wrist and a long prison term.

[via the Drug War Chronicle]

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  1. If being a dumbass really is an offense punishable by life imprisonment, we’re gonna need a shitload more jails.

    1. A wise friend once told me: never break more than one law at a time. Another friend, who I told that to, learned the truth of it after being stopped for speeding with pot in the car. This guy’s an idiot, but of course he doesn’t deserve this.

      1. Reading through the links, it appears that this guy has some mental issues. He’s refusing to communicate with his lawyer even – not too bright when facing this kind of trouble. It looks like providing proper identification and working with his lawyer could have made most of this mess go away at any time. He’s probably dug himself in deep enough that even if he decides to mount a proper defense at some point he’s still going to be boned.

        I wonder if he’s just some random paranoid case, or if he’s trying to create a test case on intra-state medical marijuana. Either way, he’s nuts…

        1. Plus, if you want to beat a specious felony drug dealer wrap, it is best not to wear your “I’m a drug dealer” facial hair and coiffure to court…

          1. At this point a clever defense attorney might just get him tagged as “unfit to stand trial” and just call this whole thing a mulligan.

    2. If being a dumbass really is an offense punishable by life imprisonment, we’re gonna need a shitload more jails.

      Being a dumbass isn’t and offense punishable by life imprisonment. However, it appears that being a dumbass while in the possession of certain amounts of narcotics while driving through Texas is. Please act accordingly.

      1. I’ll be very clever — and avoid Texas — while carrying my narcotics. Thanks for the tip.

        1. Or have up-to-date tabs, drivers license and insurance. And scrape off the bumper sticker that reads “Fuck the po’lice!”

          1. Or just stay the hell out of Texas entirely.

            1. won’t ever go to texas, won’t get on a plane with the perv-scanners either

      2. POT isnt a narcotic

        In a legal context, it often refers to non-opioids as well, such as cocaine and marijuana. From a pharmacological standpoint, it is a vague and ineffectual term

    3. And if we returned to using prison ships, you’d be able to say:

      “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

      1. And with all those prisoners, we’ll need to resort to boats.

        Or just turn all of Texts into a prison and put pull part of the border fence north a few hundred miles.

    4. I live in Texass, they love to keep their prisons full it provides jobs for those whom would otherwise be on welfare. That seems to be a trend in most states. Keep these MORANS employed, these people they hire have the type of personality that the NAZI concentration camp guards had. They love to lord over prisoners and cause as much suffering as possible. No wonder when a lot of prisoners get out they want to kill cops. We need to change the system and get rid of these morans.

      1. The word is morons, NOT morans, you moron…

        1. One shows one’s ignorance by opening one’s mouth about unknown things not known, Mr. Rumsfield.
          urban dictionary- “Moran”
          The preferred method of spelling “moron” by morons, particularly that of a Missouri redneck at a rally supporting the US led war in Iraq.
          Get a brain, moran! GO USA!”
          IT’S SNARK, GET IT MORAN???

      2. If you are going to call someone a MORON, you should spell it correctly.

        You spelled it incorrectly 2 x too, so it was not a keyboard typing error.

        THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MARIJUANA! NO ONE HAS EVER EVEN OVERDOSED ON IT AND THE COPS THAT ARRESTED THAT MAN DRINK BEER AND THAT IS MORE DANGEROUS.

        ALL POT ENFORCEMENT IS A FING LIE!

        EDUCATE YOURSELF!

  2. When I read the part about not having a drivers license I immediately thought it must be Michael Badnarik.

    1. Too bad for him he’s not hispanic. Then the “failure to identify” charge would have “clearly” been a civil rights violation. Just being “asked” to show his ID would have been grounds for outrage. But he’s white so screw him.

      1. His name is Diaz so maybe he’ll get lucky.

      2. Let me correct you, Almighty JB. It’s too bad that he isn’t Hispanic AND an illegal invader. If he’s an American citizen and Hispanic he’d still get the very same treatment…

      3. His Last Name IS Diaz.
        Is that a ‘White’ last name?

  3. It is obvious that Cannabis causes Texas LEOs’ brains to shrink.

    1. Medical Marijuana arrests make me nauseous.

      1. Then smoke some dope, dope…

        1. …how about YOU get the broom stick out of your ass, chump.

  4. Why would the people of Texas, if they knew about this shit, want to spend $1 million to keep this guy in jail for the rest of his life over this nothing?
    Is there no local LP group to get people laughing at the prosecutors and storming the county courthouse with angry taxpayers?

    1. To which Libertarian Party are you referring? I live in a metropolitan area, and we couldn’t get enough angry, libertarian taxpayers together to storm a quickie-mart, let alone the county courthouse…

      1. He’ll, I live in Ron paul’s district, and I’m a member if the bclp. The most we could do was raid the local Chilis.

    2. “”Why would the people of Texas, if they knew about this shit, want to spend $1 million to keep this guy in jail for the rest of his life over this nothing?””

      Because you don’t mess with Texas.

      1. Yep. Thats right. Thats why I will never give a cent to ANY company from Texas too.

        The rednecks and ignorant bible thumper live in such a flat state, that if you fire a bullet you’ll only hit a cow or a church.

        Ignorance abounds, and cowards supporting the ignorance everywhere you turn.

        I’l like to mess Texas, off the map please. Between their DARK AGE laws, Thinking, and educational system, it is no wonder people get treated like this.

        1. Hey Craig, I live in Texas and I’m with you. TrickyVic needs to take a hard look in the mirror before throwing stones.

          Peace.

    3. I’m sure that the three LP members in Texas are working on this as we speak.

      1. Well I’m here with you guys. I don’t know about Jim and Harry…

  5. And of course you have to love that retail value! Funny, the retail value in a non-medical MJ state is about $200 for a half ounce of a respectable hydroponic strain.

    1. 240/oz CDN$ Great White North Market

      1. I live in NY, not Canada. So I’m giving you NY prices.

        1. We should have a stock exchange for this stuff.

          1. It is interesting to speculate what the introduction of Marijuana futures would do to the CME.

            The reporting on the trading be interesting as well: BC Bud hit an all-time high today while Caracas J took a big hit…”

    2. The retail value of anything is what the State says it is. For instance, King County claims that there has been no housing bubble, or the bursting thereof.

  6. Poor guy, he doesn’t even have a dog to shoot.

    This strikes me as utterly insane.

  7. Texas cards more than 2300 felonies on the law books…if we don’t tag you with one, we’ll get you with another. Unacceptable and unlikely to change in the near term. But with a budget hole of almost 20 billion we might early release this guy when we can’t afford to feed him in the bighouse.

  8. Contrary to what Trooper Dean says, marijuana possession is not a citable offence in Texas. The minimum charge is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $2000 fine, confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days, or both. Plus, it’s common practice to arrest drivers for traffic violations if they have no means to identify themselves. However, I am surprised that he was charged with intent to deliver as opposed to possession. I live and work in Harris County (the largest county in Texas) and the DA’s office never takes intent to deliver on anything less than several pounds of marijuana.

    1. But, but… he had articles about *drug laws*… on his *computer!!* That’s gotta be intent, right there!

      Shit… *I* have drug laws on *my* computer! And links to pro-drug sites like Reason.com!! And I have codeine in my desk drawer! In a prescription bottle! Dammit – I think I might be a drug dealer!

      1. Having a computer means he’s up to sump’in.
        All dem bits and bites…probably child porn as well. If we look hard enough, we’ll find it.

      2. But, but… he had articles about *drug laws*… on his *computer!!* That’s gotta be intent, right there!

        I suggest that Mr. Diaz reads them next time before he weaves his car onto a Texas highway sans current plates, a drivers license and proof of insurance.

        1. Indeed – driving while stupid, no license or insurance and expired tags, looking like a stoner while carrying drugs…I have started responding, “You knew you were living in a police state when you woke up this morning, and you still pull this dumb crap?”

      3. Can I get a couple of those codeine?

    2. The rule of thumb when I was running around there in the ’90s was keep it to a QP. But they didn’t really know about the internets back then.

    3. Unfortunately, he’s in Brown County, not Harris. Brown County is, to put it kindly, “rural”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Texas And rural counties in Texas are not known for their tolerance of recreational marijuana use. By people traveling through the county, anyways…

      As to the reason why the residents of such places care? I imagine it’s because in these places, prisons are the new blue collar growth industry, now that a lot of manufacturing is gone. As a fellow resident of Harris County, I fully expect our neighbors in Sealy, Texas to demand a new prison, now that the major employer there, BAe Systems, has lost their giant federal contract to build military trucks.

      It’s awful. Solzhenitsyn’s, The Gulag Archipelago was meant to be a warning, not a guidebook.

    4. Brown County is a far cry from Harris.
      If this happened in Travis County, it would have been a ticket.
      the backwards ass public servants of Brown County are offended there is such thing as Medical marijuana. They don’t want to believe it, and maintain this Kid is equal to a murderer. and deserves life in prison.
      WTF Texas Educate yourself already.

  9. “”Although Diaz’s cannabis was still in the bottles used by the medical marijuana dispensary where he obtained it,””

    Bottles??? In most states if you have pot in more than one container it’s considered distributing.

    1. Which is bullshit. I’ve never sold a gram and I’ve got like 4 different bags of stuff sitting at home. Any good stoner had an old bag with some stems or something, a bag of schwag being reserved for the dry times, a main stash bag/jar that stays sealed, a “day bag” with a couple nugs, etc etc. If having more than one bag is proof of intent to sell, I’m one intentional motherfucker.

      1. I get your point, but having multiple containers is usually an indicator that one is selling, or being a middleman of sorts. It is something that will get you arrested on distribution and the cops will let the jury figure it out.

        Sadly for this guy, he will probably be barred from the medical pot defense since TX does not have medical pot.

        Bottom line, people are stupid if they think they can take medical pot into any other state just because they have a script. This is where medical pot laws meet a federal issue.

    2. Actually, in most cases it is weight and not much else that triggers intent to distribute.

  10. I can assure you that that retail value is preposterous.

    This is outrageous but how big of an idiot do you have to be to drive around with no registration, license, proof of insurance AND some marijuana.

    1. I’m not a law student, and I’m far enough removed from my student days that the last time I was around when someone bought a dime bag, it cost $10. So I’ll have to take the consensus’ word for it that the value is inflated by an order of magnitude or more.

      Here’s the question: Is there no penalty for filing court documents that are knowingly false? Is there no risk for wildly overstating the value of the drugs in court?

      1. Is there no risk for wildly overstating the value of the drugs in court?

        Cops word against…well, who the hell else are they even gonna ask? It’s not like there’s a pool of expert witnesses available.

        1. Suspecting that I was old and out of date, I did a little googling. It turns out that I was right – I am out of date. And old. Our dime was about a lid, which made a dime confusingly bigger than a quarter, which was also a nickel. Unless I misremember… I dunno, I never used the stuff myself, I just got it by osmosis.

          At any rate, my googling showed that there is an expert witness of sorts to be found on the internet – if a bunch of google references are admissible as evidence.

          1. …the point is, I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time…

      2. I might be a bit too young, can someone tell me how much a ‘dime bag’ is? I could have sworn it’s old person speak for $10 of pot back when we had to hike 5 miles in the snow just to get high. We use grams and ounces as standard measurement nowadays.

        1. I’ve always known the term “dime bag” to refer to a 10 dollar bag of weed. Ideally it’s a gram, but a lot of guys will sell 0.7 or 0.8g “dime bags”.

          But yeah, it’s a 10 dollar bag.

          1. A dime bag is just a reference to $10 worth of weed. It is mainly used to refer to swagg or low grade weed, which amounts to around 7.5 grams. It is not typically used for dro, which would be about 0.5 grams, considering a 20 is a gram. This is of course in Texas, prices vary by location 😛

        2. Back in the old days when we HAD dime bags, it was the price that was being referred to, not the quantity. Back then, an ounce of fairly decent stuff was $40, so a dime bag would have been 1/4 OZ. Now, in Colorado, at least, $40 seems to be the going rate for 1/8 OZ, which is just ridiculous.

          BTW, this poor guy is like what Arlo Guthrie used to call “The last guy”. He’s so alone, he doesn’t even have a street to lay down in for a truck to run him over. Well, Texas can go belly up keeping that many people in jail for NOTHING, just like Colorado is doing now. May it happen soon to that SANITY can come to this country.

      3. So I’ll have to take the consensus’ word for it that the value is inflated by an order of magnitude or more.

        Ohhh yeah. 10 bucks a gram is still sort of the baseline standard for decent stuff. The most I’ve ever been charged was 20 bucks a gram, and that was for some headiest-of-heady shit. If you’re paying more than 170 bucks a gram you’re not buying weed.

    2. with long hair, and in Texas, yes, this guy was asking for it

      see? victim blaming works for more than just rape!

      1. and a Mercedes, a foreign car!?

        jeez, this guy was asking for it so hard. Just because pot shouldn’t be illegal doesn’t mean you should do everything you possibly can to fuck yourself over with it.

        It really, truly is this guy’s own fault.

        1. And he just looks like a stoner. So what was the cop to do?

      2. Until this summer I had long hair and live in Texas but when I’m breaking the law (even if its a bullshit law) I tend to avoid attracting the police’s attention.

        I’m not blaming the victim, MJ should be legal in the first place and the cop really shouldn’t have been searching through his car but that doesn’t mean he the sharpest tool in the shed.

        1. Until this summer I had long hair and live in Texas but when I’m breaking the law…

          I don’t always break the law, but when i do, I drink Dos Equis.

          1. You sound like an interesting man.

            1. Stay thirsty, my friend.

      3. I used to live on the NM/TX border, believe it or not, the long hair wouldn’t do it.

        However, the out-of-date tabs, absent license and insurance will do it. Fairly reliably, too.

  11. This is outrageous but how big of an idiot do you have to be to drive around with no registration, license, proof of insurance AND some marijuana.

    And in Texas to boot.

    Texas is where Timothy Leary started his criminal career.

    1. Strangely, so did GWB.

        1. It’s true.

          1. another dumbass

            1. So where did he commit his first criminal act?

  12. I read the information about marijuana for asthma treatment, but it really does seem that the doctor who prescribed it is to blame for creating this situation.

    All the (dubious) asthma benefits of pot can be achieved with the legal drug of Marinol, with none of the respiratory distress that comes from smoking. Another benefit–you can’t be arrested for carrying prescribed Marinol.

    1. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Marinol is synthetic THC, and THC only. Marijuana has dozens of cannabinoids, of which THC is only one.

      This doesn’t even address important medical variables like delivery method. Something tells me digesting a pill might be a bit slow-acting when we’re talking about asthma relief. It’s ok sir, you’ll be able to breathe again in 45-60 minutes. Maybe. But they will be legal breaths.

      1. yeah nothing like inhaling smoke to cure asthma

        by the same token, massive doses of radiation will cure anything.

    2. I have been unable to get marinol prescribed to me. Doctors and a local pharmasist told me I could only get that if I had cancer.

  13. Clearly this guy is either a moron or mentally ill. He also doesn’t deserve life in prison.

  14. There are doctors that prescribe smoking for asthma?

    1. There are economists who prescribe debt for recession.

    2. First of all, no — no doctors are allowed to “prescribe” marijuana for anything, as a prescription is defined technically by the FDA which does not recognize marijuana as valid treatment for anything. So they don’t prescribe cannabis even in medical states — they “recommend” it.

      Also, it’s not as silly as it may seem. Cannabis is a bronchial dialator. Move from smoking to vaporization, and it becomes a pretty damn safe and effective treatment.

  15. Life in prison? I thought they executed the retarded in Texas

    1. How would Texas execute it’s self?

      1. Redneck by redneck.

  16. I’m so fucking pissed off that our elected officials allow this barbaric shit to continue.

    Fucking Land of the Incarcerated. More locked up than any other country. How fucked up is that?

    I think I’m going to find a remote spot and scream at the top of my lungs all fucking day long.

    The paid fucking liars need to be stopped and the ignorant educated.

    Locking up so many people could constitute a serious national security risk, as so many good, talented people end up in jail because of insane drug laws, instead of helping and contributing to this once great country.

    1. Our elected leaders are just doing what the voters want them to do. Welcome to representative democracy, enjoy your stay.

      1. Welcome to representative democracy, enjoy your stay.

        Or else.

      2. Pot smokers… unite and organize!!!

    2. —“I think I’m going to find a remote spot and scream at the top of my lungs all fucking day long.”—

      Just make sure there are no endagered species around, or you may get arrested for disturbing their habitat.

  17. The driver says he does not have his driver’s license or proof of insurance.

    *sigh*

  18. Does it matter that the defendant is a 20-year-old asthmatic who obtained the cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation in California? Not under Texas law, which prohibits the use of marijuana for any purpose. And the situation in which Chris Diaz finds himself would be outrageous even without the medical angle.

    You know, this case is outrageous. There’s no arguing that. But at some point, when this entire country is in a very contentious place in the realm of legal marijuana — ie, it’s pretty much illegal everywhere– at some point, the users of “medical” marijuana who are acquiring it in places where it is legal need to pull their head out and realize this.

    For instance, Canada takes a dim view of gun ownership. That’s why I don’t travel with my perfectly above board and legal firearms when I enter Canada.

    It’s why I wouldn’t try to buy or sell heroin when on a tourist stop in Turkey.

    This case has the potential to be a real travesty of justice. But fuck… if you by medical marijuana in California, where even there its legality is dubious, don’t travel with it through fucking Texas with expired plates, no proof of insurance and no drivers license.

    1. It’s why I wouldn’t try to buy or sell heroin when on a tourist stop in Turkey

      Then what’s the point in going to Turkey?

      1. I hear that Noah’s Ark is there from very credible sources.

        1. And if you believe that , I’ve got some dank bud I’ll sell you… at only $2700 a 1/4 oz…I call it Mt Arafatty Kush.

  19. For Future Reference

    After obtaining Medical Marijuana in a locale where it is legal, check the laws before traveling in the following states, especially if your mode of travel lacks current tabs and the driver has no proof of insurance or drivers license:

    Texas
    Louisiana
    Arkansas
    New Mexico
    Arizona
    Georgia
    Florida (especially North Florida)
    Mississippi
    South Carolina
    West Virginia
    Kentucky
    Tennessee

    If the prosecutors of the small towns within these states say things like “This is a small town, everyone knows everyone else, if we had bad cops, we’d know it” avoid these places altogether.

    That is all.

    1. Are you saying Alabama is OK?

    2. You left off the list:

      Alabama
      North Carolina
      Idaho
      Utah
      South Dakota

  20. It won’t do much for this poor guy, but California’s Proposition 19 will allow ordinary American citizens to grow a little marijuana in their own backyards. It will carve the guts out of the drug gangs, get the drug cartels out of our communities, put an end to most of the border violence, and reduce illegal immigration.

    As the discussion goes forward, I’ve asked myself, “If my child or grandchild got a little off track and got caught with a little marijuana, would I want him or her to go to jail, lose their college financial aid, spend a few days locked up with the sexual predators…?” Or would I rather have the chance to help them work through it WITHOUT a criminal record?

    Californians: register to vote at
    h t t p s://w w w .sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/

    Just take the spaces out of the h t t p s:// w w w part in order to activate the URL, fill out the form and mail it in!

    Citizens of other states can Google your state name and “voter registration” to find out how to register; a lot of states allow instant on-line registration. Do it now so you can vote in November!

    1. It will carve the guts out of the drug gangs, get the drug cartels out of our communities, put an end to most of the border violence, and reduce illegal immigration.

      Slow down. I don’t have any hard numbers so feel free to rebut, link or do whatever you can do…. but allowing Californian’s to grow a small amount of weed will probably have little impact on the real violent drug wars.

      Those are largely fueled by crack, cocaine, meth, and other ‘hard’ drugs.

      My guess is that the legalization of Marijuana will have a negligible impact on crime.

      Remember, we can’t have it both ways. We can’t talk about how Marijuana has no seriously addictive properties and no albatross of violent subculture, and then make ourselves believe that legalization will stop “drug violence” dead in its tracks.

      1. My guess is that the legalization of Marijuana will have a negligible impact on crime.

        And to be clear, when I say this, it will have an impact on crime statistice in that people won’t be incarcerated for legally possessing marijuana. But it won’t have a negligible impact on acts of crime such as burglary, strong arm robbery, murder, shootings etc.

      2. Those are largely fueled by crack, cocaine, meth, and other ‘hard’ drugs.

        For the record, government estimates put the marijuana-generated revenue for Mexican cartels at around 60% of their total take. It’s a bit hard to argue that removing nearly two thirds of their revenue stream won’t have a deleterious effect on these organizations.

        Will it make crime disappear overnight? No. But taking away a huge chunk of the money empowering deadly cartels can’t be a bad thing for crime either.

        1. Wow, ok. Like I said, I had no numbers on it, but I have to confess, I’m seriously taken aback by this. 60% of the cartel money is marijuana?

          1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..03847.html

            “While the trafficking of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine is the main focus of U.S. law enforcement, it is marijuana that has long provided most of the revenue for Mexican drug cartels. More than 60 percent of the cartels’ revenue — $8.6 billion out of $13.8 billion in 2006 — came from U.S. marijuana sales, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.”

            It makes sense really — it’s a question of demand. The simple fact is that way, way more people smoke pot than use all other illicit drugs combined. The stunning thing to me is that these days we produce just as much domestically as we smuggle in from Mexico — and again, that portion from Mexico accounts for 60%, by dollar value, of the narcotics smuggling activity. Gives an indication for exactly how big this market is.

            1. Makes you wonder how much revenue reduction the cartel’s have seen with California’s ersatz legalization.

                1. The crux of the biscuit….is the apostrophe.

                  The medical laws are pretty shady on the supply side, so they’ve been able to absorb a lot of it I think. Shit, they’re all up in the national forests out there growing crops, so they must be moving something.

                  That’s actually going to be critical with Prop 19 — some municipalities are going to need to step up and allow a supply side of the market. The market is too big for home grows to suffice.

            2. However, consider it’s easier to traffic marijuana for a number of reasons and more people want it than the other stuff. Perhaps the numbers aren’t that hard to believe taking that into consideration. Also, remember that marijuana won’t be legal in other states just because it may become legal in ours.

              1. However, consider it’s easier to traffic marijuana for a number of reasons and more people want it than the other stuff. Perhaps the numbers aren’t that hard to believe taking that into consideration

                Yeah that’s what I was saying earlier about the demand — although I don’t really see how it’s physically easier to carry. Ever seen a kilo of weed? It takes up a lot of physical space, even when they brick it to shit.

                Also, remember that marijuana won’t be legal in other states just because it may become legal in ours.

                I think the rollout will be pretty quick, at least in the west and the northeast. I mean, once the cat’s out of the bag the floodgates should burst. Hopefully anyway.

  21. Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the sentences…

    1. Was Faulkner from Texas? ;)~

  22. Check out this medical marijuana company, Cannabis Science (stock symbol: CBIS). Hearquartered in Denver, Colorado – CBIS is in a right place at the right time once Proposition 19 is passed this November. An excellent investment opportunity to those who gets in early at this stage. A tidy investment could potentially become a windfall when the dust settles

    1. Or a tidy investment loss if marijuana legalization doesn’t end up looking like everyone wants it to look.

  23. Ah, doesn’t it feel nice to live in the “land of the free.”

    It’s time for a revolution. Idleness will only consume more lives.

    1. Tip: As you plan the “revolution” and find yourself say, transporting the tools the revolution: guns, bombs, documents etc., make sure your tabs are up to date, you have a current license and your proof of insurance is in the fucking glove compartment.

    2. “”Ah, doesn’t it feel nice to live in the “land of the free.”””

      I’ll let you know when I get there. I just hope they have an open door policy.

      1. I just hope they have an open door policy.

        Oh we do… we do…

  24. Oh, and have fun storming the castle.

  25. It seems that it is much better to assult, or even kill someone than to get caught with hash in Texas! Wow, reefer madness has a following down there! To bad we can’t have a prohibition on stupidity in Texas.

  26. It appears that most posters are missing the central point: This idiot is in deep shit because he refused to identify himself. When you’re in a protest group it may be safe to piss off the authorities. When you’re already pulled over and holding, it’s a really stupid move. Folks, this guy is going to be prosecuted for stupid in the first degree.

    1. Agreed. Doesn’t justify it anymore than a “skanky drunk ho” justifies rape, but yes.

    2. I got that but the original post was unclear. Initially I wasn’t sure if “he wouldn’t identify himself” was Trooper-speak for “he didn’t have his papers” or he actually refused to identify himself.

      Since it seems that it’s the latter, not the former, he should be prosecuted for Stupid in the First Degree, but his sentence should be reduced to time served.

  27. This is the sort of thing that promotes a disrespect for ALL laws.

    Let’s all resolve to put on our big boy pants and do away with the prohibition of cannabis.

    1. Ain’t gonna happen on my watch.

  28. Obama|8.12.10 @ 6:57PM|#
    Ain’t gonna happen on my watch.

    you wont be on watch much longer but while you are we can expect the same dick in the ass that we got with GW.

  29. It’s a pity holding up a gas station isn’t good for asthma, he’d get a lot less for doing that than holding. Oh isn’t it great to “send a message” to the kids? God our offspring must think we’re morons.

  30. It’s a pity holding up a gas station isn’t good for asthma, he’d get a lot less for doing that than holding. Oh isn’t it great to “send a message” to the kids? God our offspring must think we’re morons.

  31. Fortunately, now every pot arrest will drain enough resources to have one cop fired. Are they enforcing any pot laws in Oakland now that they are gutting the numbers of police.

    Most cops aren’t the smartest tacks in the box which is why most become cops. But they are not so dumb that they all will soon figure out that every vegetable violator they lock up gets one of them fired off the force. Better to have another donut and look the other way.

    1. My pot was sniffed out by a Border Patrol dog in Yuma, AZ, so I was arrested. The arresting officer asked me “where are you coming from, and where are you heading to?” I told him San Diego, and Dallas. He said, “Dallas, that’s in Texas, right?”

      You’re right, definitely not the sharpest tacks in the box.

  32. This sort of stupidity at the hands of our legal system is not peculiar to Texas. You can have your life destroyed by a pack of incompetent lawyers and judges in Clark county, Washington for something you didn’t do. The whole thing is getting completely out of control. It happened to me. Completely clean record driving and criminal but that didn’t get in their way, they wanted a conviction and they didn’t care how they got it. Didn’t have the money for a “real” lawyer so I couldn’t buy my way out. The crime? Putting a $50 scuff mark on the rear bumper of a ten year old car driven by some lunatic who didn’t care for my use of the horn when she cut me off. Yessir! That’s justice. F**k the system!

  33. Just goes to show, if you live in Texas, don’t smoke weed and work really hard to get the law changed. Texas has been hard on reefer for years and this kid didn’t do himself any favors by breaking all those other laws.

    One more thing, if you’re going to have reefer in your car, make sure your license and registration are up to date, so you have 2 less reasons to get pulled over.

  34. Don’t mess with Texas…

    Seriously, don’t. This guy said basically, “screw it.” Of course the article tries to paint him as a poor little victim. But it’s like the guy, who knows he is a Third Strike canidate and STILL goes out and steals a candybar.

    Society wasn’t stupid in setting up the laws, he was the idiot who ran the risk and got caught.

  35. Ridiculous — they need to legalize pot and spend their efforts rounding up and prosecuting the people spreading around cocaine, meth, etc. Those cause the addictions that lead to robbery and death.

    Do we really need more non-violent people incarcerated?

  36. The Canadian “justice” system recently extradited Marc Emory to the U.S. for the crime of selling seeds. It then released Abdullah Khadr and refused to send him to the U.S. for seeding cells. Nonsense.
    Liberals think they can double down on welfare and all will be well and conservatives think if they were just a little tougher on marijuana …
    Everyone has their blind spots.

  37. How stupid is this guy? He’s traveling with a substance that is still illegal in the majority of our States – many of which have draconian cannabis laws on the books – and he has no ID, no insurance and expired tags.

    Everyone knows the pot laws in Texas are tough.

    Does this idiot deserve Life in Prison??.of course not?.he’s an idiot and he’s non-violent. Why should “we the people” pay for his room and board.

    Slap him in “stupid jail” for a couple of months then put him on community service for awhile.

    What a Friggin’ Dope.

  38. I think wanting to go to Texas in the first place is deserving of a life sentence.

  39. Dont mess with Texas stupid Hippie!

    1. Yeah, because the Cowboys are awesome!!

  40. Look…no part of this puzzle was right for this guy. I live in Brown County, I know the law enforcement very well. This is nothing new. With weed being a minor part of the drug problems in the region, they take ALL of these law violations seriously. This area has HUGE drug raids every few months, and they are mainly targeted towards the really bad stuff like meth.

    Now, rather it should be legal or not is not even a debate in this case. The fact remains, he broke the law in this state. If he had been caught in any other state, besides California, I am sure the result would have been the same.

    As for this specific case, in my opinion, all this publicity is only going to make it worse for him! With a bigger spot light on this case, they(sheriffs office) are going to watch all their P’s and Q’s and probably the court will make sure he is made an example of. The worst thing that happened in this case is when all his “supporters” started showing up and making noise.

    1. It is a DEBATE and you are a fool condoning this. Another COWARD unwilling to admit the truth and affect REAL CHANGE.

      Keep your backwater state and laws.

  41. I am a proud “legalizer” & have been for years, but we must remember that Texas is a sovereign State under our Constitution, therefore they are free to make their own drug laws. They don’t have to follow the laws of other States.

    You just gotta remember that if you’re going to Texas, keep the weed @ home!

  42. remind me not to visit Texas

    1. I would never go to Texas and eeveryone there whould split or all stand up togeather and then see where there barbarian laws get them!

  43. Man you people need to wake up and realize that you are partaking in the biggest injustice to the American people that has ever occurred. We work our hands to the bone and pay our hard earned tax dollars to a corrupt government that spends our money on arresting low level drug offenders and keeping them locked up for years, while sexual offenders and thieves are released in half the time! America is a complete police state! What I think is funny is recently 2 men stole my grandmother’s purse right off her desk at the clothing store she works at. Then took it to Walmart and spent $1000.00 on her credit card including gas at the pumps. She called the cops immediately after it happened but instead of helping her they told her that all the police were busy with a meeting and they would send someone out the next day. If the cops would have responded maybe these idiot’s might have been caught! Instead they waited 7 days to even contact her! Walmart had the video with the thieves face’s and license plates clearly visible! Here’s the kicker! These guys had raped a girl in Clovis New Mexico, stole a vehicle and drove it threw the town my grandmother lived in. They needed gas and supplies so they stole my grandmothers card went on a shopping spree at her expense . got caught on camera and still was able to leave town and drive another 100 miles before they ditched the car and supposedly stole another one! My grandmother is 80 years old! If anyone need’s someone to protect and serve its her! Instead the cops even with the video were not able to catch these guys. Instead they were too busy with the case of Chris Diaz being arrested for 14 grams of cannabis concentrate! Which would you rather have on the street? Rapist that will steal your car and your grandmother’s purse or a man who had a prescription bottle full of OH MY GOD ” Hashish” Which is actually a more healthy alternative to smoking Cannabis? Seriously what is wrong with you people? Anyone who states that Chris is an Idiot is just too afraid to stand up for there own rights ! You people are cowards! I don’t even smoke marijuana but I still believe that people have the right to ingest whatever they as long as they are not hurting anyone!

    1. Amen brother… you just about summed it all up right here.

  44. A perfect example of Texas “justice”. This is why I moved away from that hellhole. I spent most of life in Texas and leaving there was the smartest move I ever made. The state is full of ignorant rednecks. To put a 20 yr old man in prison for life, for such a small amount is beyond stupidity.

    1. Yes good for you for getting out of that fked up state Texas..Bush is from there and that should tell us all something:(

  45. thats jst rediculous $2,400 for half an ounce and $171 for a gram WTF. In Australia (which is where i’m from)we get whole ounces for $200 and grams for 10 bucks, a pound over here costs $2,500 and the penalties are much more leanient, much less than goddamned texas.

  46. I had a misdemeanor d be for the 96 gun law now i will be forced to sell my bussines after 35 years auto salvage yard to abide the law .Because of shells and guns in alot of them in my possesion Clean Record Since.

  47. THe whole state should revolt against the crooked bastards…They are the craziest state in the whole fkn world and should not be aloowed to exsist in 2010 or any other time for that matter..get out of Texas or start a revolution like now….crazy and I thought it was bad in Canada……….new wqorld order I thought was crazy but maybe it is going on!

  48. hahahah what a dumbass I roll to texas every year with budda and never been fucked but. My shit is always up too date Im suprised there not busting him for drug trafficing through three states. If your gonna break the law at least do it right.and its all cause he wanted to see a girl what a loser.its weird to know the chick who knows that guy. Dude expired tags if those would have been right smooth sailing all the way. hey bro to drive 1500 miles for some pussy.is pretty lame. now look your in jail with no pussy and no budda and no love from your lame family. IAMSOVEREIGN THEY AINT DOING SHIT. AND IF YOU GREW BUD AND WERE BIG TIME MAKING MAD CHEESE BUST YOURSELF OUT AND NEVER SHOW YOUR LONG HAIRED FUCKING FACE AGAIN, CAUSE YOU ARE MAKING IT WORSE FOR PEOPLE WHO GOT REAL PROBLEMS,LATER BITCH

  49. I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and yes it’s still back woods in most counties, However we are working on turning this around. I am a bible thumping gun totting redneck that beleives Marijuana should be decriminalized especial in medicinal purposes as I myself am a medicinal user, and recreational. An intelligent person Christian or not would do the research as I have and found no references in the Bible against the use of this “PLANT”. I have actually find the contrary. Herbs were given by our creator for medicine and food and can be traced all the way back to before Jesus’ time. As for Chris not identifying yourself to any police officer in any state will undoubtedly get you arrested, especially in todays climate. People have to understand we are not fighting against intelligence we are fighting against an education of Marijuana is bad that dates back to 1935 when the chemical companies and paper companies campaigned to get marijuana declared illegal. EDUCATE EDUCATE EDUCATE. BUT TO EDUCATE PEOPLE WE FIRST HAVE TO BE AN EDUCATED PEOPLE.

  50. so true guys. legalization is the only way for liberating rather than oppressing. resistance brings persistence.

  51. this is heartbreaking man. i can’t believe this narrow minding stuff keeps happening!!!

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  72. law-inforcement is just a way to keep the wheels turning we all no this for a fact build a jail in your county hire all your frinds to work there and fill it up its the american way to make money!we are all worker ants and there job is to keep you down and paying taxes, or put you away either way they win!No way to stop it when it has been a way of life for twenty years now just look at new york and over have there jails are filled with there no tolerence pot laws and the fed goverment pays them big money to keep you they make more then the power company it will never change

  73. There seems to be such a fine line with the talk of medical marijuana these days. I can understand why some people might need it, but I can also understand why law enforcement and others are nervous about making it legal. I don’t think I would ever use it even if it was legal. I’m trying to learn how to improve cardiovascular fitness, and I don’t think marijuana even for medical purposes would be good for that. I wonder how they did make that jump to first degree felony?

  74. There seems to be such a fine line with the talk of medical marijuana these days. I can understand why some people might need it, but I can also understand why law enforcement and others are nervous about making it legal. I don’t think I would ever use it even if it was legal. I’m trying to learn how to improve cardiovascular fitness, and I don’t think marijuana even for medical purposes would be good for that. I wonder how they did make that jump to first degree felony?

  75. There seems to be such a fine line with the talk of medical marijuana these days. I can understand why some people might need it, but I can also understand why law enforcement and others are nervous about making it legal. I don’t think I would ever use it even if it was legal. I’m trying to learn how to improve cardiovascular fitness, and I don’t think marijuana even for medical purposes would be good for that. I wonder how they did make that jump to first degree felony?

  76. He’d have probably just got a police caution for that amount here in the UK!
    It must be so difficult to interpret the law in a country where each state has different laws.
    The legal use of cannabis on medical grounds is a wonderful idea and something that is still to be implemented in the UK due to the excessive cost. I think a bottle of the drug costs around $21 in the US and $189 for the equivalent in the UK!

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