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Mississippi Marijuana Laws Sentence Black Man to Life in Prison

By W.M White  According to records, Mississippi is one of the 27 states that have decriminalized cannabis. However a first offender with possession of 30 grams or less is punishable by a fine less then $500.  So how did 38-year-old Allen Russel get life in prison for only 44 grams of weed? Well, let us look at these outdated laws, which are still pit hole for our black men in southern white-controlled states. It all started on November 19, 2017, Allen Russell was apprehend by Hattiesburg Police Officers after being charged with 44 grams of pot , seize from his house. Consequently, he was sentenced to life in prison in the custody of Forrest County without parole. So can this happen you ask? Although Mississippi  voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 65, a constitutional ballot initiative to establish a medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating conditions.  A recent study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at near