Life in Prison for Making Pot Brownies?
Jacob Lavoro, 19, was caught last month with a pound of weed, 1.5 pounds of drug laced brownies and 145 grams of hash oil, reports CNN affiliate KEYE.
The charge and severity of the punishment — five years to life — is so severe because the pot brownie recipe included hash oil. That allows the state of Texas to use the sugar, cocoa, butter and other ingredients to determine the weight of the drugs.
Lavoro’s attorney Jack Holmes said Jacob should only be charged with a misdemeanor.
“They’ve weighed baked goods in this case,” he said. “I was outraged. I’ve been doing this for 22 years as a lawyer and I’ve got 10 years as a police officer and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
The former high school football player has an entirely clean record prior to his current charge.
Lavoro’s father said he understands that his son should be punished but this is extreme.
“If he did something wrong, he should be punished but to the extent that makes sense. This is illogical. I’m really upset, and I’m frightened, I’m frightened for my son,” Joe Lavoro said.