Despite cannabis‘ increasingly legality, black market operations continue to run rampant. This is especially the case in states where cannabis has yet to be legalized, ultimately proving the prohibition model fruitless. Although 30 states and the District of Columbia currently allows the usage of the plant, to at least some degree, there continues to be a notable amount of cannabis-related arrests in 2018. In Lousiana, a teen under house arrest caught selling weed out of bedroom window is the latest case that’s caught our eye.
Jacob Michal, a 19-year-old teen out of Fairdale, Kentucky, was arrested Sunday at his residence in the 400 block of Stockdale Road, a local news source reports. Authorities say the teen trafficked the marijuana through a bedroom window at his home, while under home incarceration.
Per the police report, house arrest officials a tip from the Louisville Metro Police, that Michal had been selling cannabis through his bedroom window, as he was unable to leave his house under his pre-existing incarceration.
The home incarceration officers then did a home check and asked the teen where his room was. When he pointed to his bedroom, officers immediately smelled an overwhelming scent of cannabis.
One of the officers then asked Michal if there were drugs in the room. He admitted that he did have pot, and took out a large shoe box filled with marijuana. According to officers, officials further searched the room to find more cannabis, a digital scale, and a fully loaded handgun. Police also found a sizable amount of cash on Michal as they took him into custody.
The teen has been charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of condition of release. He is currently being held at the Louisville Metro Corrections facility.
While it’s unclear how much marijuana Jacob Michal was trafficking, it’s obvious that his lingering status under house arrest will play a large part in his ultimate sentencing.
And although medical marijuana has been legalized for medicinal purposes, with dispensaries soon to be on the way, the state still views recreational marijuana as a Schedule I drug, much like the Federal government.
In short, while the state has done everything in its power to secure medicinal cannabis to those with the proper qualifying health conditions, offenders like Michal will receive no such sympathy.
It’s not like Michal’s downfall was any sort of large-scale drug bust like we’ve seen in recent weeks, but it still remains a bad look for a state that’s trying to reform it’s marijuana laws, slowly but surely.
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