Before recreational & medical marijuana was legalized in this state, my sibling got caught with an ounce of marijuana & she was arrested.
My parents paid a lawyer to help get my sibling out of trouble, but it didn’t work.
She got a 10-year sentence for carrying a personal amount of marijuana. My sibling wasn’t a drug supplier & she wasn’t trying to cause any concerns. My Dad & dad were devastated when my sibling was convicted & found guilty. She spent several years in prison & then the government changed the laws. When they legalized the sale of cannabis, they also legalized possession of up to 1 oz. My sibling was suddenly in prison for a crime that was no longer on the books. Since modern laws needed to be considered, the court agreed to appoint another court date for my sibling’s case. My parents got a sixth mortgage on their home so they could get a better lawyer that would help my sibling finally get out of prison. The lawyer worked all day & all night on the case. When it finally went to trial, most people was ready for some good news. The judge threw out the conviction & sent my sibling on the same day. My Dad & my dad were overwhelmed & they never expected my sibling to come beach home after spending all that time in prison. I hope that my sibling will be able to make a life for himself now that she is out of that awful institution! Only time will tell if that stage of incarceration ruined her life or not.