An Ohio drug offender pleads with a judge in court for just one more joint before he is ordered to quit the habit or face jail time.
After offering him a deal to stay out of prison if he quit his drug addiction, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh says she was astonished by the response from 19-year-old Damaine Mitchell on Wednesday.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mitchell told the judge that he likes smoking weed and staying off it so he could stay out of prison would be “a challenge.”
He then told the judge that he would try to quit but asked before he does, could he have one for the road. Mitchell pleaded, could he “at least get one more joint in?”
Mitchell was in court facing a charge for drug trafficking, and after the request judge Marsh quickly responded with “NO!”
Now Marsh wants Mitchell to return to her courtroom next week so that she could decide what to do with his drug-trafficking case.
Marijuana trafficking in Ohio, like drug trafficking in most states, can include factors such as intent to sell, selling, possession, distributing and cultivation. If arrested for drug trafficking, you could face a felony offense.
The type of drug trafficking Mitchell was involved in was not known. If he was involved in sale or distribution, he could face 6 to 18 months in prison for less than 200 grams; 1 to 5 years for 200 to 600 grams; and a mandatory minimum of 6 months for 600 grams or more.
However, if the judge tried to make a deal for no prison time Mitchell was likely involved in a cultivation or possession part of the trafficking charge. Cultivating less than 200 grams of plant will result in a misdemeanor charge and up to a $250 fine. If arrested for 201 to 999 grams, you face a fifth degree felony charge along with 30-day jail time and up to a $2,500 fine. For amounts exceeding 1,000 up to 19,999 grams, you may serve 1 to 5 years in prison with up to a $10,000 fine. When arrested with 20,000 grams or more, then you are charged with a second degree felony, meaning 8 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.