The governor of Oklahoma has signed into the law that offers a potential life-in-prison sentence for the manufacture of hash from cannabis. But it is even worse than that. Here are the scary parts of the new law:
SECTION 1. AMENDATORY <63> O.S. 2001, Section <2-509>, is amended to read as follows: …
D. Knowingly violating the provisions of subsection B or subsection H of this section is hereby declared, as to the owner, or person in possession of such lands, to be a felony and punishable as such by a fine not to exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) and imprisonment in the State Penitentiary custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than two (2) years nor more than life. The fine provided for in this subsection shall be in addition to other punishments provided by law and shall not be in lieu of other punishment. Any person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of subsection B or subsection H of this section is punishable by a term of imprisonment twice that otherwise authorized and by twice the fine otherwise authorized. Any sentence shall not be subject to statutory provisions for suspended sentences, deferred sentences, or probation, except when the conviction is for a first offense. …
H. Except as authorized by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture or attempt to manufacture any controlled dangerous substance by cooking, burning, or extracting and converting or attempting to extract and convert marihuana or marihuana oil into hashish, hashish oil or hashish powder.
SECTION 2. This act shall become effective <November 1, 2011>.
While this has been publicized as “life for hash”, take a moment and read the words of that subsection H. Sometimes it helps to clear away some of the extraneous clauses.
Unlawful… to… attempt to manufacture any controlled substance by cooking, burning OR… converting to hash.
Pot brownies are a controlled substance that is cooked. Two years to life and up to a $50,000 fine for Alice B. Toklas brownies. If they catch you a second time, four years to double life and up to a $100,000 fine.
Unlawful… to… attempt to… extract… marihuana… into… hashish powder.
That’s kief, folks. If you have one of those grinders with a kief screen, you are extracting hashish powder. Two years to life for a grinder.
If you think this is insane, contact Tulsa NORML and Oklahoma NORML to get involved in making positive change in Oklahoma.