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More Face Felony Charges For THC

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 04:58 PM CDT
In Williamson county more people face big jail time for getting high.  KEYE-TV was first to tell you about a young man in Round Rock facing life in prison for allegedly making pot brownies.  It was because the alleged recipe included hash oil or THC.

Now two more people have found themselves in similar situations.

"It's kind of crazy" exclaimed Jamie Spencer.  He's the legal counsel for Texas Norml.  His comments came after the arrest of Jacob Lavoro.  He's facing life in prison for allegedly making pot brownies with THC in them.  "This case is the perfect example of the insanity of Texas' drug laws, especially when it comes to marijuana or anything where the active ingredient is THC" Spencer continued.

Now two more people are learning how tetrahydrocannabinol or THC means major trouble with the law.

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. Parts of the plant, like the flower, contain higher concentrations of THC.  When a substance tests positive for THC, it's automatically a state jail felony.   That's what Preston Damrom is charged with.  According to this affidavit, Preston Damron had an electronic cigarette with THC or hash oil inside.  He faces up to two years.

Ashley Sigler case is more serious.  According to her arrest affidavit, she told police she had "edible cannabinoids" in chocolate.  It was inside a Rubbermaid container in her purse.  The weight of the chocolate including the Tupperware container was a little more than 50 grams.  That's enough for a second degree felony charge.  It nets two to 20 years in prison.

On the surface these may seem like minor drug offenses. In fact, had all these cases been regular marijuana, these would be misdemeanor cases and likely end with probation.

Since THC is involved, they face years behind bars.  This is not a new law but marijuana use in "vape pens" is a growing trend so we may start seeing more cases like this regularly.

By Melanie Lofton
More Face Felony Charges For THC

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