An Oklahoma woman was sentenced to 10 years for selling $31 in marijuana.. Image: Wikimedia Commons

A pot prison sentence of 10 years was handed to a 25-year-old mother of four in Oklahoma. Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow is now serving time for selling $31 worth of marijuana to a police informant at her home. While Oklahoma is throwing young mothers in prison, across the border in Colorado, marijuana users can access coupons online for discounts at medical marijuana dispensaries.

Mom sells pot to police informant

Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow’s pot prison sentence is the result of a trap set by police at her home in Kingfisher, Okla. An informant paid $11 for marijuana on Dec. 31, 2009 and came back two weeks later for another $20 bag. Spottedcrow and her 50-year-old mother were arrested for drug distribution. Because Spottedcrow’s children were present, the women were also charged with possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. The women were offered plea deals of two years in prison. Being first-time offenders with low quantities of pot, they took their chances and pleaded guilty, thinking they would receive probation.

County judge throws the book

After handing down the 10-year pot prison sentence, Kingfisher County Judge Susie Pritchett, who retired in December, told the Oklahoman “Considering these circumstances, I thought it was lenient. By not putting the grandmother in prison, she is able to help take care of the children.” The grandmother was given a 30-year suspended sentence with five years of drug and alcohol monitoring. Spottedcrow was sentenced to 10 years plus two more because pot was found in her jacket when authorities came to take her away. Pritchett called the two small dope deals totaling $31 “an extensive operation.”

What a difference a border makes

Across the border from the Oklahoma panhandle in Colorado, more than 10,000 people subscribe to mmjDailyDeals.com, a Groupon-like purveyor of medical marijuana discounts. Each morning a new dope deal tied to a zip code arrives via e-mail. Recently a Denver medical marijuana dispensary offered a $27 discount on an eighth of an ounce of “top shelf” pot, lowering the price to $23. Customers can tweet or share the medical marijuana offers with their friends on Facebook and get a finder’s fee when they refer their friends. In Oklahoma, the fine for selling marijuana can reach up to $500,000 and life in prison.

Sources

The Oklahoman: http://newsok.com/article/3542585

NORML: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4558

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/18/mmjdailydealscom-groupons_n_823815.html

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