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Cultivating up to 1,000 plants is a felony, punishable by a maximum $25,000 fine and between 20 years and life imprisonment. Cultivation of more than 1,000 plants is punishable of a fine up to $50,0000 and between 20 years and life imprisonment.
US Marine Corps combat veteran Kristoffer Lewandowski, who served in three tours of duty overseas including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, reportedly faces up to life in prison for pot charges connected to a June 2014 raid on his Geronimo, OK home that occurred after his wife and neighbors called police to get him help for a post-traumatic stress disorder flare-up. However, rather than providing mental health resources, police responding on the scene searched Lewandowski’s home for contraband and found six marijuana plants, weighing in at less than an ounce of plant matter in total, and charged him with, among other offenses, felony marijuana cultivation, which, under Oklahoma’s unusually-harsh marijuana laws, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Truth in Media obtained an exclusive interview with Kristoffer Lewandowski’s wife Whitney Lewandowski in an effort to get their family’s story on the record.
Also where a person is found guilty of cultivating more than 1 plant but under 5, the maximum penalty in such cases is $1000. When the number of plants is over 5 but under 10, the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $2000 [Controlled Substances Act 1984 (SA) s 33K]. If you are able to prove that the plants were for personal use or supply and not sale, regardless of the number, then this penalty will also apply. However, this would be difficult with large numbers of plants.
Offence Expiation fee
Less than 25 grams of cannabis $150
Between 25 and 100 grams of cannabis $300
Less than 5 grams of resin $150
Between 5 and 20 grams of resin $300
For smoking or consumption in private $150
For pipes or other equipment (provided it is not for commercial purposes) $150
For pipes or other equipment (if there are other offences) $30
Non-commercial cultivation (1 plant only, but not hydroponically cultivated) $300
[Expiation fees set out in Shedule 5 Controlled Substances (Controlled Drugs, Precursors and Plants) Regulations 2014 (SA)]
originally posted by: Cuervo
a reply to: alienjuggalo
Living in a state where this wouldn't be punished at all, it strikes me in a way it never has before.
How can you get life in prison and no punishment at all for the same "crime" in two different places in the same nation?
PTSD no less. I can't twist the logic enough for this to make sense to me. I hope legalization of bogus crimes goes the way of marriage equality on a federal level. There are simply things that just seem inhumane to legislate.
originally posted by: alienjuggalo
I am ashamed to be from Oklahoma right now.
originally posted by: rationalconsumer
a reply to: alienjuggalo
"States' rights," amiright? We've seen the same thing with marriage equality, alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs, etc. It becomes ridiculous when we try to smack folks down for crossing borders (e.g. Canadian generic drugs) when they are supposed to be "free and open."