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This is just not right

A friend of our family was in the wrong place at the wrong time about three weeks ago and charged with the possession of and intent to distribute marijuana. The amount was allegedly 1/8th of an ounce. Because this 18-year-old kid was with his 17-year-old friend, he was also charged with corruption of a minor. He was arrested and bail was set at $14,000. His family is not well-off; I have no idea how they came up with the bail money. The stress was too much for the kid's mother. She died last week of a heart attack, at age 48. And her son, who is one of the nicest kids I have ever known, is facing possible jail time.

Something is very, very wrong with drug laws and an enforcement system that send a high school student to jail for a small amount of marijuana, extract what amounts to a king's ransom from a poor family, and put the accused person's mother into an early grave. Very, very wrong.


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Feb. 16th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
An eighth is distribution weight now?

Holy living fuck, is the system broken. Stupid people really need to stop voting.
Feb. 16th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
i absolutely can't believe that.

My heart is crying.
Feb. 16th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
This is just not right...
1/8= distribution? WOW! I used to roll bats that held nearly 1/8 *smile*. I agree that there is something terribly wrong with *some* of the drug laws. This is clearly one that I would have issues with. 1/4 pound and up seems like suspicion for distribution. 1/8 oz seems more like personal use. I understand that in Pennsylvania 1/8oz is illegal to posses. I also believe that many folks who are apprehended with 1/8oz are likely to plead to possession of a "small amount" of marijuana or maybe something less than that like possession of paraphernalia with intent to use. I can't imagine someone with 1/8oz doing any jail time unless they had a previous record. 1-3 years probation and some community service seems more likely. I know that some jurisdictions are harder on teenagers than other jurisdictions. I don't know where to draw the line for intent to distribute but, 1/8oz doesn't seem like the place to do it.
I believe that the legal problems associated with her son's possession might have contributed to the mother's heart attack. There almost had to have been other factors involved. Regardless, this sucks! I guess that the focus needs to switch to the son and his well being. He probably feels as though his legal issues killed his mother. They didn't. the heart attack killed his mother. Man, this is a no win situation.
Feb. 16th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: This is just not right...
After I thought a little more about this, two things came to mind. 1= I'm from The Pittsburgh area where 1/8oz is viewed as a trivial amount. Of course, the judicial system is so backed up and overloaded in Pittsburgh that they need to move kids with 1/8oz through the system as quickly and easily as possible. I guess that is different in smaller areas. My second thought is that loving, family members of those who are experiencing drug related issues related to D&A go through a lot of stress and ache.
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