Five years to life for Texas man selling pot brownies

Five years to life for Texas man selling pot brownies

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Life in prison! That's what a Round Rock man is facing. He's accused of making and selling pot brownies and cookies.

Fred Yadzi is a Williamson county man recently convicted of murder. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Jacob Lavoro is accused of making and selling pot brownies and cookies. If convicted he could face a similar punishment as Yazdi because both crimes are first degree felonies.

People KEYE-TV talked to say that's harsh! "That's a lot" exclaimed Miren Tyler. Her friend Paige Hanson echoed "that's a pretty big sentence." Retired Oregon police officer Rick Bittmer added "it shouldn't be overlooked, but that's too heavy"

Jamie Spencer is the legal counsel for Texas NORML. It's an organization that advocates decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. He thinks it's excessive too and explains it's because Lavoro's recipe, according to the affidavit, uses hash oil with coconut oil and the marijuana.

"Possession of the smallest amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor. Possession of the tiniest amount of hash even a gram is a state jail felony."

Hash comes from the flowers of a marijuana plant and contains a higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. State law allows law enforcement to include the weight of the sugar, butter, and other ingredients in the brownies when calculating the total weight of the drug. At 660 grams or about one and half pounds, this case is a first degree felony punishable by 5 years to life in prison.

"That's higher than the punishment range for sexual assault, higher than the punishment range for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It's kind of crazy" Spencer exclaimed.

This comes at a time when polls show attitudes on marijuana are shifting. A time where in Colorado Lavoro might be considered an entrepreneur.

In Texas he could be a felon. "This case is the perfect example of the insanity of Texas' drug laws" Spencer asserted. "Especially when it comes to marijuana or anything where the active ingredient it THC" he continued.

Lavoro is still in the Williamson county jail on $30,000 bond.
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