In one of the more unfortunate stories on this site, a teenager who allegedly baked and sold hash brownies is facing a potential lifetime prison sentence. The reason? Jacob Lavoro, a 19-year-old from Round Rock, Texas, used hash oil instead of marijuana to make the brownies, which allows the state to use the entire weight of the brownies — cocoa, butter, sugar and all — when determining the weight of the drugs.
After searching Lavoro’s apartment, police allegedly found 660 grams of baked goods in the form of 6 bags of cookies and 9 bags of brownies, Yahoo reports. He has since been charged with a first-degree felony.
“I’ve been doing this 22 years as a lawyer and I’ve got 10 years as a police officer and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Lavoro’s attorney, Jack Holmes, told KHON-TV. “They’ve weighed baked goods in this case. It ought to be a misdemeanor.”
Lavoro’s father, Joe Lavoro, stated that if his son did something wrong, then he should be punished “to the extent that makes sense,” but disagrees with the charges.
“Five years to life? I’m sorry, I’m a law abiding citizen. I’m a conservative. I love my country. I’m a Vietnam veteran, but I’ll be damned … this is wrong, this is damn wrong!” Lavoro said.
A somber reminder that while Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana, there are still many states that will hand out harsh punishments for possession.