Anti-druggies used to claim that pot excited people to murderous rages as an excuse for heinous raids and arrests. Well, they’re at it again, but this time they’re claiming that pot lovers are using their grow operations as murder weapons.
In Philadelphia last year, District Attorney (DA) Lynne Abraham tried to convict a man for murder after two firefighters died putting out a fire in his grow operation. The court ruled that the man had not intended to kill the firefighters, and so was guilty of manslaughter at most. The DA refiled the murder charges in October, however, claiming that the man had known the lights were dangerous and probably meant to burn down his valuable crop and equipment, hoping to trap whoever tried to put it out.
Meanwhile, in Quebec last September, a man with a history of psychiatric illness and glue sniffing won a reduced sentence when he convinced a judge that he stabbed his roommate to death because he was high on pot. The prosecutor claimed that, under the circumstances, it would have been difficult to prove intent to murder, so charges were reduced to manslaughter.
One can’t help but wonder if the Philadelphia “grow-light killer” couldn’t follow the Quebec stabber’s lead and strike a deal with prosecutors by claiming that the pot made him do it.