CANNABIS CULTURE – According to the state of Mississippi, home of the only federally approved cannabis cultivation facility, serving life in prison for a cannabis-related offense is considered fair.

Allen Russell, a 38-year-old man, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of possessing one and a half ounces of cannabis. In the court documents, Russell contended that, “his enhanced sentence as a habitual offender constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and is grossly disproportionate to the crime committed.”

In 2017, Hattiesburg Police obtained a warrant for Russell’s arrest and went to his home after determining him as a suspect in a crime. They concluded Russell was home after observing someone peering through the curtains of the apartment. 

The officers “breached” the windows but were still unable to contact Russell. The officers then threw a flash bang grenade into the apartment but still Russell did not leave his apartment. The officers entered the apartment and after determining that Russell was hiding in a crawl space, they threw a “chemical agent” into the crawl space. 

Russell exited the crawl space, unarmed, in only a white tank top and underwear. Forty-three grams of cannabis were found in his jeans

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