Teen faces 99 years in jail for pot brownies

Jacob Lavoro  is up for more time in jail for pot brownies than most people get for murder.
Jacob Lavoro is up for more time in jail for pot brownies than most people get for murder. INM

A TEXAS teenager suspected of baking and selling "pot brownies" faces up to 99 years in jail.

Jacob Lavoro, 19, is charged with a first degree felony for possessing 1.5 pounds of the drugs.

The young man, from Round Rock, was flanked by about a hundred supporters as he attended a pre-trial hearing at a Texas courthouse on Thursday.

"I'm not a criminal, I'm just a kid," he told the crowd.

Lavoro, who learned that he could be sent to prison for between five and 99 years, continued: "It was sickening to me. I first found that out when I was in jail and I almost threw up when I heard it, actually did throw up. I turned white in my face."

According to, on 14 April a neighbour alerted police to Lavoro's apartment after smelling marijuana. Upon arrival, officers found the drug inside the property.

Lavoro was allegedly selling brownies laced with cannabis for $25 each; according to, the cakes contained hash oil, which is more potent than ordinary marijuana, making the alleged offence more serious.

Jacob's mother condemned the charge: "Murderers get less time than that and the thought that my son could go to prison at all is something that I can't even get my head around."

In court, Lavoro's attorney, Jack Holmes, filed a motion to dismiss the evidence, Reuters reported. He claims that police officers entered Jacob's apartment illegally.

Lavoro turned down a plea deal for second degree felony. His lawyer hopes the case will be thrown out.

Should selling pot brownies be worth 99 years in jail?

This poll ended on 22 June 2015.

Current Results

Throw the book at him. He's a crim, who cares?


No, lower it to be on par with murder and child abuse.


Sure, a few months maybe, but 99 years is silly.


Only Americans could be this punitive and stupid.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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