Supreme Court Won’t Review 60-Year Marijuana Sentence


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Do Americans live in a barbaric nation?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from convicted Mississippi marijuana dealer Lorenzo Tarver.

Tarver was sentenced in 2006 in Leflore County, Mississippi, to 60 years for possession of more than 81 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to AP.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 2009.

Police seized the cannabis while executing a search warrant at a Greenwood, Miss., home in 2004.
Under Mississippi law, the maximum penalty for possession of more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of marijuana is 30 years in prison.
The trial judge doubled the maximum sentence to 60 years because Tarver’s house was within 1,500 feet of a day care center.