Guyana considers loosening marijuana laws

In 2010, Patricia Spottencrow, an Oklahoma mother of four, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling just $31 worth of Marijuana. For many, the sentence was too harsh, especially since the convicted woman was a first time offender who had fallen on hard times.

But imagine how harder it has been for Rich Paul who had to stare down at a sentence of more than 80 years in a U.S prison for Marijuana; or Larry Duke, a Vietnam war veteran who is also serving life imprisonment for marijuana in the United States.

For many, marijuana or cannabis is a complex and divisive subject matter. After all, while at least 27 US states allow the smoking or use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes (in confined or designated circumstances), marijuana trafficking or marijuana-associated crimes are still classified as serious offences in the United States of America.

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