77-year-old sentenced to 10 years for growing marijuana
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« on: September 24, 2017, 12:48:35 pm »

Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/22/77-year-old-sentenced-10-years-growing-marijuana/695531001/

Personally, I think 10 years is a bit excessive for growing marijuana/420, but I guess the States are a bit harsh on these matters. Do you think the penalty was fair?
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 07:38:16 am »

Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/22/77-year-old-sentenced-10-years-growing-marijuana/695531001/

Personally, I think 10 years is a bit excessive for growing marijuana/420, but I guess the States are a bit harsh on these matters. Do you think the penalty was fair?
 

At first, this sounded strange to me, but then I read more about it...
It seems this man was growing 1700 marijuana plants.  Each plant can produce thousands of $$ worth of marijuana.  That means that man had millions of $$ worth of marijuana.   I guarantee that he was not paying taxes on it.  Remember Al Capone?  They didn't put him in jail for murder, conspiracy, extortion, prostitution, guns, drugs, or bootlegging alcohol.  He was put away for TAX EVASION!  There is one thing that the government enforces rigidly.. and that is paying your taxes.  That is either directly or indirectly the reason that man got a 10 year sentence.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 05:01:43 am »

That is so awful.  I feel bad for the 72 yr old.  Like really send an elderly person to jail? WtF
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 06:13:31 am »

Old people commit crimes too. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 09:12:34 am »

Old people commit crimes too. 

They sure do, but are rarely charged.
One MAJOR crime of the elderly is to get prescriptions for medications.. and instead of taking them..  sell them to drug dealers.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 09:20:09 am »

If you watched the TV show "Moonshiners" on the Discovery Channel (I think), they had that ancient guy who got caught and he faced 50+ years in prison.   He committed suicide rather than go to prison at his age.
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 04:28:20 pm »

If you watched the TV show "Moonshiners" on the Discovery Channel (I think), they had that ancient guy who got caught and he faced 50+ years in prison.   He committed suicide rather than go to prison at his age.

Popcorn Sutton.. he wasn't that old.. 62... and the sentence was 18 MONTHS (1.5 years) not 50+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlbtMk388A4
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2017, 09:58:39 pm »

He ended up pleading guilty, that's why the sentence ended up so short. 

Anyway, he didn't move like a 62yo. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2017, 07:25:03 am »

He ended up pleading guilty, that's why the sentence ended up so short. 

Anyway, he didn't move like a 62yo. 

That's true.. heavy smokers and drinkers often age at warp speed. Also, not long before he died, he was diagnosed with cancer.  I used to work with a man that I found out was 56 years old.  I thought he was about 80.  He hated me because his pride and joy was a computer program he wrote himself that he spent 10 year writing and perfecting...  but.. his program had a flaw in it.. and I rewrote the entire thing with the flaw fixed in about an hour.  It makes me sad that I was a fantastic computer programmer..  yet I never made any money as a computer programmer.  Finding someone to PAY for software is next to impossible.  The closest I came to success with computer software was when I found a very sophisticated program to monitor other people's computers.  The author was Russian, and his English was not very good.  I wound up working with him over the internet to improve his program quite a bit, and market it in a way that made several million.  It exploited technology which is rarely used anymore, so that program's sales sunk to zero.  His software was an improved version of the FBI's "Magic Lantern".  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Lantern_(software)

I just remembered something else... it seems that moonshiners have found other ways to augment their income.. such as harvesting ginseng roots which grow in the Ozarks.. and also growing marijuana.  A few months after Popcorn Suttons death, they passed a law making micro distilleries legal.  One micro distillery produces 800 cases per month, which sounds like a lot more than "micro" to me.  Popcorn probably would have hated that law, because it would create too much competition for his product. 
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