Life in prison for pot
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.
Less than two pounds were found at his house at the time of his arrest, along with $1,600.
That was a state court decision, but there it appears the feds are serious about cracking down on pot, too.
A letter from United States attorneys to Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire promised to “vigorously [prosecute] individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”