Louisiana Man Gets Life Imprisonment for Marijuana

And I thought the Rockfeller Drug Laws in New York State were terrible, this is crazy. Ramon Antonio Vargas reports in the Times-Picayune:

Cornell Hood II got off with probation after three marijuana convictions in New Orleans.

He didn’t fare too well after moving to St. Tammany Parish, however. A single such conviction on the north shore landed the 35-year-old in prison for the rest of his life.

State Judge Raymond S. Childress punished Hood under Louisiana’s repeat-offender law in his courtroom in Covington on Thursday. A jury on Feb. 15 found the defendant guilty of attempting to possess and distribute marijuana at his Slidell home, court records show.

Hood moved from eastern New Orleans to the Slidell area after he admitted to separate charges of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana on Dec. 18, 2009, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. He received a suspended five-year prison sentence and five years’ of probation for each — which was precisely the same penalty he got in that court after pleading guilty to possessing and intending to distribute marijuana on Feb. 22, 2005.

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  1. Anonymous on

    wtf are you talking about? your saying arresting vody snatching and encaging a person is justifiable over a harmless plant god created and put on this earth for our use? think more for yourself plz….

  2. Anonymous on

    are usually handed out to fools that keep doing the same stupid thing over and over again.

    Granted that a life sentence is extremely harsh but for crying out loud this guy is playing with a short deck.

    Hmmm… I got busted here three times so maybe I should move somewhere where the penalties are even harsher and try again. Maybe I’ll get lucky. Fourth time’s the charm, right?

    He will certainly have a lot of time to mull over the error of his ways but somehow I don’t think he will learn a damn thing.

  3. Anonymous on

    It’s not playing with words to call this action by the US government tyrannical… there is lots of fear mongering, particularly on the US political right wing, and false accusations of tyranny (like the kind we hear from Ron Paul and his son regarding public education etc), but on the war against cannabis users, the US government (federally & most states) does tyranny.