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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 Well, let us look at these outdated laws, which are still pit hole for our black men in southern white-controlled states.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

Release Marijuana Inmates during Covid-19. By M.W White

   "Although cannabis is at the cusp of  Federal legalization and can be seen as a "Essential Business" there is still inmates incarnated for marijuana charges; while at risk for Covid-19"   March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a National Emergency because of the  Corona-virus Pandemic. Since then the U.S prisons/jail system condition has been expose for a death pool.   Former Federal inmate Piper Kerman, now Prison Right Advocate and writer of the bestselling novel turn Neflix series the "Orange is the New Black" , shares her concerns and empathy as she discuss the low risk of releasing inmates behind bars stated in the  Washington Post, “Elderly probationers and parolees have some of the lowest recidivism rates of all former inmates. Releasing such people poses very low public safety risks and will have a dramatic effect on preserving public health.” said Piper Kerman However, the United States is largest housing block for incarceration in