Medical Marijuana Patient Faces Life in Prison for a Half Ounce in Texas

A Texas asthma sufferer who went to California for a medical marijuana recommendation and then got busted in June on a Texas highway with small amounts of marijuana and hashish is facing up to life in prison after being indicted by a Brown County grand jury. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a first-degree felony in the Lone Star State.

Chris Diaz
Chris Diaz, 20, has been jailed on $40,000 bond since the June 27 arrest. He was busted with 14 grams of weed and hash.

Under Texas law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, while possession of hashish is either a state jail felony punishable by up to two years for less than a gram, or a second-class felony punishable by up to 20 years if less than four grams, although probation is also possible. It is unclear exactly how much hash Diaz had.

Diaz was pulled over for an expired license tag while en route from California to Austin, and according to the DPS trooper's report, could not produce a drivers' license or proof of insurance. He was then arrested for failure to identify, and during a subsequent search, police found a small amount of hashish on his person. A search of the vehicle then turned up more hash and marijuana in pill bottle from a California medical marijuana provider.

The DPS report said the search also turned up a cell phone "containing text messages referring to drug sales" and a notebook with "drug and law writings." Those are apparently the basis, legitimate or otherwise, for the drug distribution charge.

Texas does not have a medical marijuana law, and its authorities do not recognize having a recommendation from another state as a defense against prosecution.

Diaz has attracted supporters both inside Texas and nationally. The Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care and a group called I Am Sovereign are publicizing the case and pressuring Brown County officialdom. And the asthmatic Diaz sits in jail in Central Texas awaiting trial, without his medicine.

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THIS POLICY IS AGAINST SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE!

Patients with legitimate medical problems are being TERRORIZED by the prohibitionists and their insane, anti-scientific "dogma". There will be end to their brutalities, though, I don't think Americans are going for it as the truth is known, they were only going for it in the past, when they were brainwashed by lies! Shame on you, prohibitionist tyrants! And your Karma will catch up with you, don't you "worry"!

I am so sick and tired of

I am so sick and tired of hearing about this weed crap. Alcohol is a mood-altering substance. Cigarettes are a addictive and mood-altering. Legalize weed nationally at least medically. 21 is legal drinking age. Make 21 legal pot-smoking age and tax it! win-win!

This guy didn't break a single law...

Ok, so I'll admit... I just sort of skimmed this whole thing and everyones posts here... but, from what I can gather it goes:  Guy drove to California, bought some pot, drove back, and didnt have insurance or registration or a drivers license etc... a cop pulled him over, took him to jail, and now hes looking at life in jail.  That about right?

    Ok....problem.. HOW can he be sentenced to jail AT ALL... if there is no corpus delecti?  If there is no body claiming loss, harm or injury... then the court itself is missing a needed element to constitute a crime to begin with, not to mention jurisdiction.  No, like I said, maybe I missed something... maybe he ran someone over, or stole something from someone, or something to that effect.... and if so, then I owe you a "whoopsiedaisy"...

   But you cant just go throwing people in jail for "crimes" that the court doesnt even have jurisdiction over.  If there's no EVIDENCE of a complaining party... and no EVIDENCE of loss harm or injury .... then theres no crime....period.  Doesnt matter if its civil or criminal, contract or tort....doesnt matter... not legally speaking anyway.  Now if the judge and the police want to commit crimes like theft, kidnapping, etc... then thats another story.  Idunno... I guess I'm just one of those crazy people who thinks that a product and/or serivce, should not be provided at the barrel of a gun.
 

Your misinterpreting the

Your misinterpreting the meaning of corpus delecti (body of the crime).  Corpus Delecti          is a term from Western jurisprudence which refers to the principle that it must be proven that a crime has occurred before a person can be convicted of committing the crime.  It does not mean there has to be an actual body claiming a loss.  The point is if someone goes missing then the state has to prove they were murdered before they can charge someone with murder.  If they can't find the body this can be hard to prove.  However, if someone witnessed the crime occur then it isn't much of an issue.  In this case the officer witnessed the crime occur.  He allegedly saw Chris Diaz driving without registration, license, insurance etc.  You are trying to twist it into a requirement that there be a specific victim.  The fact that there is no specific victim to the alleged crimes may affect how heinous the crime is, but it does not have any affect on whether a crime was committed. 

In regard to your 2nd point you said "If there's no EVIDENCE of a complaining party... and no EVIDENCE of loss harm or injury .... then theres no crime....period.  Doesnt matter if its civil or criminal, contract or tort....doesnt matter... not legally speaking anyway"

Actually it does matter.  Criminal law does not require a complaining party or loss/harm.  It only requires proof that a crime was committed.  In other words, the state must show that you violated some statute which carries criminal penalties.  For jurisdiction, it simply must have happened in the county where the person is being charged.  The state can bring charges even if there is a victim who does not want to press charges.  It happens all the time in domestic violence cases where the wife/girlfriend does not want the abusive party to go to jail. 

What is the basis for your belief that in to be a crime there must be a complaining party? or loss/harm?  I've seen this argument made before but no one can ever give me a straight answer for what it is based on.

legalize it

legalize it

WE Can't Change It

The world wont change unless we change ourselves. This country is corrupt and has gone to the dogs. It is time for those of us who want to save ourselves to GO!

Prosecution of marijuana users.

 The bible belt society, who should be a forgiving society, has become a judge and prosecutor of their brother man. Jesus himself said, "What so ever goes into the mouth goes into the stomach, and is cast out of the  body, and does not defile the body, but that which comes out of the heart, and comes out of the mouth defiles the temple of God." He also said, "condemn not that you'd be not condemned, judge not that you'd be not judged." Yet the so called God fearing people do not think twice about condemning his miracle drugs. And calling his naturally grown products, evil.  They make laws, to make marijuana illegal, and they feel righteous in their condemnation. The judgment coming out of their hearts condemns their temple.

 Putting a man in prison for life, is not only against the saying of Jesus, but it also goes against everything the constitution stands for. What happened to, the right to the  pursuit of happiness, and no sentence should be excessive?

free this man

someone needs to start a petition and raise awareness , start facebook groups whatever we can for this man to get the charges dropped.

 

 

if you would like to help contact me via [email protected]

 

contact me if you have any links to petitions or whatever

Know Your Rights

"He was then arrested for failure to identify, and during a subsequent search..."

Stopthedrugwar.org has a video available called "Know Your Rights" which explains how to handle police encounters like this, prevent them from escalating and prevent the car, phone and notebook from being searched. A search requires either consent or a warrant. The police practice and train to frame the request for consent in such a way that you give the consent without knowing it happened. It's worth spending half an hour with this video learning how to handle such encounters, and effectively exercise your rights.

Search after arrest

Police do not need either consent nor a warrant to search your car after they arrest you.

I'm sure there's more...

True

It's true that they are free to search your vehicle upon arrest... and Tx put into place a law last year that allows them to arrest someone and impound their vehicle with no proof of insurance. 

The laws in my area of TEXAS are applied in different ways.   On my side of the highway, the local cops will give you the "ticket" method for under an ounce, but county officers on either side of the line will take you to jail for ANY amount (the county also recieves funding as a HIDTA area).

The guy does not deserve life for being young and having bad judgment on driving a car with expired stickers and no insurance.  But.. that's a part of being a responsible cannabis user as well...   Maintaining your vehicle in a legal manner at all times.

10 Rules is a good video on informing people of their rights.  The information in it will help with encounters with the police when you have everything else legal.   Lack of insurance was enough in TX for this guy to be arrested, so in the eyes of Texas his search was legal.

But possible life for a crime with no victim or harm ever even intended for another human being or animal?   That's not justice...  it's a crime.

Texass Law

Yes this guy is dumb but lets face it this is the kind of people they love to arrest in Tex-ass Poor can't afford an a decent lawyer and he's not a Tex-ass "Good Ole Boy" so the powers to be can keep him in prison. That the way it is in Tex-ass they keep their prisons full so they can keep people who would otherwise be on the welfare rolls employed. This seems to be a trend which is catching on in other states. There is NO criminal justice system for the poor etc.

You have a point....

I strongly feel that especially Texas prisons and that it's so close to the border; that keeping their prisons full is another form of cheap labor.  There must lots of works that needs to be done in Texas and they need their cheap labor for pennies on the dollar.   True the guy was asking to be pulled over with his expired tags; at least follow the law in some way especially if you're in Texas.  Glad he didn't get into an accident or else he would be on death row.

why did he have it in his

why did he have it in his car? driving under the influence is dangerous not only to himself but to innocent people on the road. he does not deserve life in prison but it was a dumb move to keep it in his car and not at home where it should have been.

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How do you know he was

How do you know he was driving under the influence? He hasn't been charged with that, therefore he probably wasn't.

I agree that having it in your car presents an added risk. But sometimes when one is traveling from point A to point B, one needs to have possessions on hand including one's medications.

FAG

YOUR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF BAD BRAINS.

Life sentence for a

Life sentence for a plant!!!!!!!!!  Our forefathers are  rolling in their graves on this hypocrisy. Cops in all cities and states are drumming up work to keep their sorry asses employed. Be careful. They got a  bailout this year.  Time is running out for them. They're desperate.

What's the Constitution say?

Article IV - The States

Section 1 - Each State to Honor all others

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Section 2 - State citizens, Extradition

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

 

If I am reading this right, doesn't this say that, Texas has to recognize California's state laws?

This young man has hurt no-one. Turn him loose.

If we are truly free people then treat us as such?

FREE:1. able to act at will; not under compulsion or restrainta.  having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confinedb.  (as noun) land of the free

2. not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc.);

texas

Thats why I moved from that area 40 years ago...nothing has changed....nothing...There is no life east of I-5

No life east of I-5???

Do you really think that is an accurate statement?  There are plenty of pot smoking, progressive thinkers east of your line.  Granted, most of them are in the northeast or upper midwest, but they do exist (60 miles northeast of St. Louis here living in a somewhat backward, bible-thumping sh*thole).   I think no life east of I-25 and south of I-70 would be a more accurate statement.  I just wish the U.S.A. would invite Texas and the south to secede so they can't continue to drag down the rest of this nation.

Felony stupid maybe!!! but

Felony stupid maybe!!! but this is ridiculous!!! the perfectly wrong storm came together and this guy is not in a good place!! good luck!!!

Not to Bright

How do you decide to drive across country holding AND with expired tags?   He was asking to get busted. If you are holding the least you can do is outwardly look "compliant/law-abiding".   The only mystery is why he did not get stopped sooner.

What you expect from TEXAS

What can we really expect from TEXAS? This country went to shit when our wonderful Texas president BUSH took office. President Bush f&^%*d up United States just like Texas is all messed up. Might as well give Texas and back to the Mexicans and just eliminate it form the 50 states.

Enough with the Texas slam

The ill-conceived ancient laws concerning marijuana in the state of Texas is no secret to anyone.  I do not agree with them, like many others living here.  That also is no great secret.  The standard attitude, actions and ideals of the police force here is also no secret.  From our governor down to the meter maid the popular theory on the drug war is "Get a bigger hammer".  No Big Secret.  This is not the first time someone has went to jail for a very long time over something that should be a non-issue.  Not here, and not in ALL of the other states.  But I must say that even with all my disagreements to our system here I take very much offence to you slamming my home state "TexAss" like it's the only one in the country that would do this.  We have our flaws and we have our perfections just like the rest of the 49.  So please, speak out against these old harmful laws and try like hell to change them.  But BACK OFF with slamming my state.  It's not the entire state that has this fault, just the law.  And as I do "feel" for the boy who is about to have his life ruined, he is just one of the many all around this country that has found themselves in this sort of situation.  It's time for a country to change.  From California to Texas to Main and all the states in-between.  This is ALL of us who allow this to continue, not just one state.

From Brownwood

 

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.
 

Brown County Brownwood PUBLIC SERVANTS Are Stupid

It is the Truth. The worst part about it, They BELIEVE People who 'Smoke Pot' are Stupid.

So where does one go from there.

If only the Sheriff Dept and Judge and District Attorney were really minding their P's & Q's, they are not.

They have actually gone MAD. Really.

The Judge Stephen Ellis said on and for the record in open court the US and Texas Constitutions have NO Merit.

WTF, and the District Attorney has LIED on and for the record in open court saying the "Street Value" of 14 grams of cannabis concentrate (hashish) $2400.00 again WTF that is $172.00 a GRAM. WTF

These guys are not only STUPID they are HATEFUL.

And the truth is this Cali Kid Chris has had asthma since a small child, and almost died 3 years ago from lifelong use of chemical  inhalers such as  advair. He has not used chemical medications since he was released from the hospital in California.

He lives in California most of the time, and was in Texas visiting family, or should I say attempting to visit family in Austin.

He never made it.

Stand Up for what is Right.

Stand Up for the Truth.

Peace

Word.

Well said, Friend.  Thanks for Being IN the conversation.  For those of us who do not think through our asses, who have the powers of science and compassion on our side, it is only a matter of time before hemp and cannabis are liberated.  Let's Hope it's sooner rather than later and that the rest of America is liberated with it. Peace.

Brownwood Resident sounds

Brownwood Resident sounds like a LEO afraid of the repercussions because of the antiquated laws in Texas.

End the Reefer Madness

In as few words as possible so as to highlight the severity, the profundity of my words: 

One day is too long to be in prison for marijuana.

He probably got the

He probably got the distribution charge because he had some scales with him. That is one of the most ridiculous things that they could do with the law. All the users I know have a set of scales to make sure they dont get ripped off.  And for law enforcement to add that charge to someone that has less than oz is absolutely mind boggling.

Texas

Reminds me of the good ole days when the Bush boys were trying to out execute one another.George and Texas won,hands down.This is the place the Bush family has chosen to spend their retirement.They deserve each other.I'd suggest you come on up to a real free country but I'm afraid the Evangelicals have taken root up here now as well and it's beginning to show.Even so,the new mandatory minimum sentence for a few pot plants is only 6 months.To think that just eight years ago there was a bill in the house for decriminalization.It died on the floor due to interference(threats)from the Amerikan government and our own conservative party.A group led by the ever so corrupt and always for sale Brian Mulroney.Personally,I wouldn't carry any drugs,not even prescriptions in Texas.The Amerikan so called "justice system" hands out years by the dozens for the smallest amounts of any drugs.The system has become so fanatical that it feels justified in doing the most unconscionable things for money in the same way the cartels do.The more violent the police are in suppressing trafficking the more violent the gangs that spring up to sell.Mexico is making headlines lately but if there were several hundred killings in a major city in any western country excepting the USA it would be a national disgrace.Look at who this army of drug enforcers is capturing.Look at the kind of sentence is looked at as correct punishment for his petty crimes.Something is very wrong here and it's been very wrong for a very long time.As for Texas,let the Bush's have it.

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Texas Injustice

  It is no surprise to me that this kid is facing life in a state that lets inmates be used as slave labor by the Prison Industrial Complex.Letting companies like wakkenhut build and house prisoners for profit and use law enforcement to keep the supply of manpower coming in and this is what you get.The ridiculous nature of this failed "war on drugs" will continue until we as citizens unite against this un-American policy.This kid needs to be freed and we as citizens need to press the Federal Government to end this once and for all.Marijuana needs to be legalized not just for medical purposes(of which there are many)but for personal use.In a country where you can poison yourself with alcohol and tobacco it is ridiculous to jail people for simple possession.Stand up against this injustice and tell elected representatives this needs to end now!

yeah, the kid should be

yeah, the kid should be freed, but he won't be, not before his life is ruined of opportunity.  There will be casualties of this fight.  Freedom is not won easily or without losses. Keep Fighting the Good Fight. Peace.

Leave Bush out of it...

Hey, everyone hails from somewhere.  And that doesn't have anything to do with the new generation and future generations of Texas.  Bush is a dweeb.  Everyone knows that now.  Hell, most of the people that voted for him have regretted it from day one.  The country has been to shit several times prior to Bush too.

California went to shit after the Gubnator took office but you don't see us slingin' shit about it. 

Texas isn't going back to the "Mexicans" either.  We are the ONLY state that has the freedom to become our own nation.  We used to be our own nation too.  You think the USA can "give" us to anyone?  Hello?  Wake up? 

 I smoke pot, but I don't want to leave the nation...and I live in Texas...

I've also been subjected to our "wonderful" legal system for 5 grams, a pipe, and a grinder...

Cost me a LOT of money and time while I was trying to fight my way through college.  You know what though?  I was drunk at age 20 and that was the reason for the initial stop.  I was never charged with anything alcohol related...hmmm...wonder why?  Because the cops and everyone else thinks THAT is okay for a college-student....pot isn't.

 Stupidity I tell ya!

Dude, unfortunately Texas is

Dude, unfortunately Texas is not California!.....They are Hard-liner's when comes to the Drug Policy here.  They, believe that they are making a difference when they pull that shit!....Texas we'll be the last state in the USA to decriminalize,or tolerate any drug use.  Too much land for more prisons,too much money to be made. That poor Dude, should have just did what everybody else is doing!...Move to California! 

You are completely correct.

You are completely correct. On an individual level, these are avoidable if unnecessary arrests.  We are pushing this from the inside. It hasn't been 20 years yet that it's been a legal medicine in California and still, in cities up and down the great state, we have elected govt. officials (I'm looking at you Bonnie Dumanis) who refuse to recognize state law and attempt to parlay their misguided agendas into their career ladders.  Nonethless, if you are a recognized medical user of marijuana, and you follow the laws of the state in which you are physically, not to mention COMMON SENSE rules (who the hell drives through TX with hash?) you are unlikely to end up like this kid. 

 

I just lost my buzz thinking about it all. >puff>puff>pass

REGISTRATION NOT EXPIRED !!! STAND UP !!!

The registration of the car was not expired. The car is legally registered in California.

The reason for the stop was not "expired" rather "California" Plates. and Long Hair.

The Texas State Trooper at the time was also the Mayor of the Tiny Texas Town of Bangs where this all happened.

He has since been forced to quit over city policy changes he made to SEAL the City records from the public.

Also about the drivers license, because the tags were not really expired, it was a false stop to begin with and he is not required to show ID at that point.

When he explained that to the Mayor/Trooper the guy freaked out about being challenged and grabbed him and cuffed him.

His medicine was found in his medicine bag inside of his suitcase in the back of the car. Inside of his California Prop 215/420 Compliant Medicine Bottle. Along with his documentation. Exactly 14 grams,(per court record)

Cali Kid Chris has been Standing Up to these Bullies from Minute One. Learn more about this case and learn how to stand up for yourself.

Unlike most of the posts I have read, Cali Kid Chris knows the difference between a 'person' and a 'people'.

If you live in Texas you can help  yourself by visiting www.usavsus.info and STAND UP.

Cali Kid Chris here did just that He stood up and he is still Standing.

He has challenged Jurisdiction and Standing and the Court is failing to answer. In writing.

He is filing again challenging Jurisdiction and Standing. He will continue to Stand Up.

Visit the website his supporters have put together, I think they update daily.

www.iamsovereign.org

Peace

LEGALIZE!

LEGALIZE!

Cops LIE to News, You beleive LIES, and Talk Shit

www.iamsovereign.org

Read the Full Sworn Testimony of the Bangs Texas Mayor/Texas State Trooper

Martin "I Smell Marijuana" Molotsky

Who Kidnapped this Man and the CONTINUED TORTURE BY BROWN COUNTY TEXAS INC

Wake Up People and Please stop being SUCH HATERS.

YOU KNOW the COPS LIE, and in this situation they are really FREAKING out because this KID keeps Putting it in THEIR FACE. PEACEFULLY !!!!

They Don't know how to Handle That!!!!

Worst thing going on With This Kid IS Texas believes People Who Smoke Pot Are Stupid.

Now where DOES one go from there???

Check your facts before speaking out.

Don't want to look like Texas, INC do you?

Take Care Of Each Other

Peace

Christopher Diaz' Habeas Corpus

G’day Mates

I want to address a quick issue, I am Not a Bar Attorney, I am an Acting Private Attorney General: under 42 U.S.C. § 2000a–3, 33 U.S.C. 1365, 18 USC § 3283, 42 U.S.C § 1983, 28 U.S.C. § 1343, The term private attorney general refers to private citizens who, in any civil or criminal court proceeding, are acting on behalf of a person’s rights and equal protection under the law. The private attorney general is entitled to recover attorney's fees if he or she prevails. I have been asked to intervene on behalf of Christopher Diaz.

I will be leaving for Texas Friday Morning, and hopefully see Chris Friday Night. I would like to thank everyone on behalf of Chris’s Mom, and Sean Gunn and myself for all of the support.

Everything that I will present to the Public Defender Attorney Fred Franklin, District Attorney Murray and Judge Ellis on behalf of Chris Diaz is by the Legal and Lawful Book. There are no exotic arguments, or far out Patriot claims being made here. In Chris’s Habeas Corpus, it challenged the State of Texas and District Attorney Murray to show Standing and Jurisdiction.

OK Kids pay Attention!! Ole Chase is about to “Tip You Wise” to something the Courts DO NOT want you to know about! Welcome to Mr. Chase’s Workshop on Standing 101, want you Folks to know I charge Big Money for these workshops and Information…NOT! Grin

Juris Doctorate not required…

There is a Three Prong test for the District Attorney to Prove, I’ll let Mr. Wigmore explain it to you..

Standing Texas

"Wigmore explains the American concept of the corpus delecti rule thus:

[Every crime] reveals three component parts, first, the occurrence of the specific kind of injury or loss (as in homicide, a person deceased; in arson, a house burnt; in larceny, property missing); secondly, somebody's criminality (in contrast, e.g., to accident) as the source of the loss,--these two together involving the commission of a crime by somebody; and thirdly, the accused's identity as the doer of the crime.

In most American jurisdictions, including Texas, the corpus delecti rules requires some corroboration of the first two elements-an injury or loss and a criminal agent..."  Salazar v. State, 86 S.W.3d 640, 645. 

“It is too elementary that injury must be plead and proved before a cause of action arises to require the citation of authorities.”  Whitesboro Nat. Bank v. Wells, 182 S.W.2d 516, 518. 

This is the base argument that I will present to the Court, there is No Harm or Injury caused by Diaz.

Chase

Opinion from Oregon

In Oregon me and two other friends were busted for napping in a parking garage. My friend had a seizure and the EMT's were called. They cops came and confiscated five piece we had (those were the only ones they found :D ) there was a half ounce in a pillow case that they didn't even take. one of my friends was a minor and after they took our pieces we weren't warned, booked, or anything. while they were checking out my friend the cops were cracking jokes and shooting the shit with us. These weren't bad cops they've just been around and have seen the effects of marijuana and know its harmless. If its decriminalized in one state and in another someone is facing life in prison there is something definitely wrong with our federal justice system, something needs to be done.

LEGALIZE WEED NOW!!!

this is disturbing!!! weed is just a plant, for fuck's sake!!! ur telling me that a guy is going to prison FOR LIFE for less than an ounce?!?! what has the world come to??? maybe the police should go around catching criminals, rapists, and murderers instead of arresting ppl for having a plant! im speechless....  :O 

I hope he has a good, real, and local lawyer

Because the folks like the "acting private attorney general" and other legal mumbo jumbo folks are going to get this poor kid locked up a long, long time with their stupid shit. Hire a Texas attorney, a tough one, and make sure the zany art attorneys who haven't won even a minor contract case in years get a can of STFU. Otherwise the kid stands no chance.

It will not be all that bad.

While it's still BS, not a lot will happen.

 

They always write you up for the worst they can.  He will get a deal, and will only have to pay some amount of fine.  This is doubly true if this is his first offense.  I've been there before. I never got a felony, but I know how it works.  Pay the $400 for the bondsman, have them appoint an attorney, show up for court and have the attorney go talk to the prosecutor, pay the $1500 fines(with payment plans!), do whatever 'probation' they tell you to.

A couple grand down the road, he'll be fine.  It's either that, or fight them and REALLY get your backside beat.

They will get your money, but that's all they want.

 

It's stupid, but walking into a Texas court with an open checkbook and honest remorse is the fastest/easiest/cheapest way to walk out of a Texas court.

They do not want him in jail, they want him on the street again.  If he's on the street again, they can fine him again.

Money Money ya'll

I agree with Ron, this kid is dangerously stupid

And now we get to pay for his 3 meals a day, hot water, clothing, and a roof over his head for the rest of his life.
 

Right on Chase,for an

Right on Chase,for an attorney to stand up like this

I sit here and read how many

I sit here and read how many comments you fellow people have made and some have really good points and some you have no idea what you are talking about.. I find it un-American to send a man away for life for a plant.. lets look at the real probelm? The murders we face 3 times a week and the "people" that go free that sit and smile when they see an innocent man go to prison for life.. its actually embarrssing!!! TEXAS MADE.. makes everyone have a different opinion about us everytime we try to put someone away for the MOST harmless thing. He isnt poor and he will get a good att. to defend his rights as RECOMMENED MEDICAL WEED CARRIER!!!!! Find the real solution people GET SERIOUS!!!!!!

Sad thing is, now a real

Sad thing is, now a real criminal will get out early so they can lock up this guy

NEVER GO TO TEXES!!!

NEVER GO TO TEXES!!!

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Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, Vaping, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School