Damaine Mitchell was in court for a charge of trafficking in marijuana when he made his ridiculous request of Judge Melba Marsh. He wanted to smoke a joint before entering a treatment program that would avoid jail, and even keep a conviction off his record. He also engaged in a negotiation with the judge for a date to stop smoking. Marijuana is still illegal in Ohio, and 48 other states, and it’s crazy to think a judge is going to sanction it. This guy is looking a gift horse in the mouth.
I was also shocked to learn that trafficking in marijuana has a maximum sentence of only 1.5 years in Ohio. In Florida, mere possession of 20 grams (that’s less than an ounce, for our uninitiated) can subject someone to up to 5 years in prison. Trafficking in marijuana has a minimum sentence of 3 years, and up to 30 (though I suspect Florida has a higher threshold to reach trafficking). Thanks to @drewmagary for posting on this. #thingsnottodo