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Under the law in your state, hash may not be marijuana | The NORML Stash Blog

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6 responses to “Under the law in your state, hash may not be marijuana”

  1. ray christl cambodia medical kanja

    What a disgrace this country of violent empire–these posts just make me sick. My heart goes out to Chris Diaz & family (on FB is a picture of his adorable young daughter)…my self-exile for almost eleven years is longsuffering-to not help from jail (I can’t stay out of jail:a-la Dana Beal) versus residing on foreign shores.

    What a hellish life they create for the 1% to have their billions.

  2. Bud Green

    There is a big difference between being innocent of a particular crime and being convicted of a crime that’s seems, to us, unfair or unjust. We can say the law is nonsensical or overly punitive, which it is, and work hard to change such laws as NORML strives to do every day. But we cannot say that if hash is illegal in Texas — really, really illegal — that people who take hash into Texas and get convicted by a jury on the basis of those facts are victims of anything else than their own ignorance or poor judgment.

    As a Californian, I suffer tobacco-infused flashbacks when I go to a Nevada casino and see people smoking cigarettes. I forget that California’s laws and social attitudes haven’t been adopted universally in other states. I worry that this provincial view, which is based more on politics than true understanding of the law, puts people needlessly at risk when they cross the border assuming their stash is no big deal. You’re not in Cali anymore, Toto, so read up on the laws BEFORE you travel. In all honesty, you’ll have no one but yourself to blame if you don’t.

  3. Larry

    Russ –

    From the law, and from your post, THIS is certainly worth noting (using Caps to highlight)

    (a) Except as authorized by this chapter, a person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in Penalty Group 2, UNLESS THE PERSON OBTAINED THE SUBSTANCE DIRECTLY FROM OR UNDER A VALID PRESCRIPTION OR ORDER OFA PRACTITIONER ACTING IN THE COURSE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.

    The law doesn’t specify, “Texas” Practitioner (fact). The prosecutor is overlooking this on purpose and it is very disturbing. I’ve reached out to him on several occassions, reading the law aloud to his secretary and asking her to take the note and pin it on his chest.

    Furthermore, this gross mis-interpretation of the law can and will likely be considered “malicious prosecution”, since Chris presented his Valid Dr. Permit and card. That is a fact not in question.

    We need to ensure he gets an impartial judge and a full jury trial, which is going to be difficult in Texas.

  4. Pebbles Trippet

    CA law has codified hash and marijuana in the same law, since hash is a derivative of marijuana. That makes sense. Texas law is irrational to separate hash from the cannabis plant it comes from. 5-99 years for medicine is so out of whack it is vulnerable on disproportional punishment grounds alone. Chris is innocent.

  5. Jessica Rachelle Armstrong

    if you would like to help Chris Diaz and his family, here is a link to his donation site.
    Chris has been extradited and is now back in Texas as of Jan. 11.
    His family has lost their jobs and their home over this, his mother is taking care of Chris’s two little babies that he was raising by himself.
    Chris is literally dependent on cannabis to survive. He has had asthma since birth and has tried every treatment known to medicine, with no relief until moving to California at age 16, on the advice of his doctor, in order to have access to cannabis medicine and organic food and clean water.
    A conviction on these charges, which carry 5-99 years, is quite literally a death sentence for him.
    Please help, if you can.

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