This is an actual criminal case. The only thing I did was change the defendants’ names. Marley and Snoop (we’ll call them) were charged with trafficking in cannabis, pursuant to Florida Criminal Statute 893.135(1)(a). Both ganja loving defendants were facing a potential three year minimum mandatory prison sentence if the total weight of the pot seized was over twenty-five pounds. Unfortunately for them, when cops weighed the “Devil’s Grass,” (I’ve got many names for pot) it totaled twenty-six pounds.
Their attorneys did exactly what I’ve done on many similar cases that I’ve defended here in Florida. They called Dr. Terry Hall. I’ve used this expert in a number of cases. Marley and Snoop had him re-weigh the cannabis, hoping that maybe the cops’ doughnuts and/or handguns were left on the scale when the pot was originally weighed, causing a pound or two increase. (note: Not all cops eat doughnuts. That was a stereotype used to obtain a cheap chuckle)
What Dr. Hall did discover was that a pool of liquid formed at the bottom of the container holding the marijuana and packaging. This was the potential break the defendants were looking for. After Dr. Hall re-weighed the cannabis without the liquid and the packaging, it weighed only twenty-four pounds. Yay!!!! There goes the three year minimum mandatory stint in the pokey, right? Not so fast.