In June, a Kentucky man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2013 jailhouse roast of pot that he was convicted of cooking.
According to a report from The Hill, the sentencing was criticized by many who say that the offense of “coffee shop” shouldn’t be punished as harshly as the offense committed by Cook.
The Hill wrote: A judge in Kentucky is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to put the man behind bars for 10 years or 15 for his crime of attempting to sell pot, according to a prosecutor’s office.
The Cook case has ignited national debate on whether the federal government should punish pot shops for selling illegal products.
Cook’s case has raised many questions and questions about what the government can and can’t do when it comes to selling illegal goods, according an analysis by The Hill.
“I think the feds could do more,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Hill.
“We can take them out of the business of the pot shop and get them to sell something, but the problem is that we can’t prosecute for the sale of pot,” said former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
What are the penalties for selling pot?
Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, or less than $100 in value.
For the crime of “aggravated possession,” a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
Trespass in a place of business.
A maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of $250.
Making a false statement to federal officials.
An additional five years and a one-year ban on all federal government employment.
The law states that the sale or possession of pot is a federal crime, which includes a criminal record and an onerous mandatory minimum sentence.
Read more about the arrest of Josh Cook: Here’s a look at the details of his case: Josh Cook was arrested in February 2017.
The former prison cook has been charged with selling more than 100 pounds of pot and six bags of cocaine.
He was serving time for a drug charge in Kentucky when he went to Kentucky’s Pikeville Correctional Facility. Josh Cook was convicted in February of possession of less of marijuana than 20g in a 2015 prison mugshot.
The judge also sentenced him to 10 years in state prison for “aggregated possession of more than 20 pounds of marijuana.”
Josh Cook has a long criminal record.
He was convicted in 2007 for aggravated assault and battery and other charges, but has since been released from prison and is serving a probationary period.
Josh is now in his mid-20s.
In April, the FBI announced that it would begin an investigation into the sale and sale of marijuana.
During his arrest, authorities say Cook was acting in the capacity of a prison cook and sold the pot he was selling in violation of federal law.
“The federal government has a history of punishing criminals for doing their jobs,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a press conference in January.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, and Attorney General Chuck Rosenberg are shown testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee on “Drugs and Drug Abuse” in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he would not enforce the federal laws against pot sellers.
Read more: “I have no intention of arresting Josh Cook, who has done nothing wrong,” Sessions said.
“The federal statutes and the penalties he has been convicted of are strong and they apply to all Americans.
The American people are right to be outraged at the outrageous criminal conduct of Josh and his co-conspirators.
They are wrong to be fearful that the government is going to go after them for doing what they did.”
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