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Jeremy Erskine Jamal Miller, 18, thought he’d just bring along his weed when he had to show up in court on a robbery charge.

​A Lynnwood, Illinois man was arrested for marijuana when he pulled out a bag of pot while emptying his pockets in front of Porter County Courthouse security on the way to his Tuesday hearing.

Jeremy Erskine Jamal Miller, 18, ended up pleading guilty to felony theft in handcuffs that morning, then was taken away by Valparaiso, Indiana police officers afterward on a marijuana possession charge, reports James D. Wolf, Jr., of the Merrillville Post-Tribune.
Court Security Officer Doug Crandall said when Miller came into the courthouse, he emptied his pockets onto the table — including a small baggie of cannabis.
Miller then knocked the baggie to the floor, as sneakily as possible under the circumstances, and bent over.
Officers then found the sack of pot in his sock.
Judge Mary Harper had to ask an officer to remove the handcuffs so Miller could sign his plea agreement in court.
Miller, who originally faced up to eight years in prison for felony robbery after holding up two Valparaiso, Indiana men who had given him a ride on September 3.

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El Paso City Rep. Susie Byrd spoke concerning the drug violence taking place in Juarez during a press conference at Lion’s Placita at the foot of the Paso Del Norte Bridge Monday.

​Two city representatives from El Paso, Texas, called a news conference Monday to say they believe reforming drug laws and legalizing marijuana would help reduce drug cartel related violence in Mexico, reports Diana Washington Valdez at the El Paso Times.
City Reps. Beto O’Rourke and Susie Byrd, joined at the border’s Paso del Norte Bridge by fellow city Reps. Steve Ortega and Ann Morgan Lilly, displayed a declaration in support of Juárez, the Mexican city just across the border from El Paso which has been wracked with horrifying violence as drug smuggling cartels vie for supremacy and market share.
​”Those who think they have the moral high ground by supporting prohibition are not giving proper attention to the disastrous consequences of that tragically misguided policy,” said Oscar J. Martinez, a history professor and border expert at the University of Arizona who is also a native of Juárez.
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