Nov 092014
 November 9, 2014

Gavel marijuana miami prosecutorThe case of Bounlith “Bong” Bouasykeo is not really that unusual from a marijuana selling and arrest standpoint. Mr. Bouasykeo was arrested, and pled guilty, for his role in a marijuana dealing enterprise that involved 36 pounds. That’s not uncommon, as that happens in Oregon and other states fairly frequently. But what makes Mr. Bouasykeo’s case different is that when Mr. Bouasykeo flew from Texas to Oregon this week to be sentenced, the federal judge overseeing the case decided to delay sentencing to try to wrap his head around how Oregon’s approval of marijuana legalization earlier in the week affects the sentencing.

Usually prosecutors and judges, especially federally, like to get their licks in before the new law takes effect. That’s certainly what United States attorney Amanda Marshall wanted to do when she offered up quotes to the Oregonian stating that she will proceed with business as usual, despite the clear message from Oregon voters that they think prohibition enforcement is a failure. U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman was as suprised as anyone to read Ms. Marshall’s quotes. Per Oregon Live:

Mosman told the court that he read a story in The Oregonian in which U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said Tuesday’s passage of Measure 91, which legalized recreational use of marijuana, won’t change how her office views the drug.

Marshall noted in the interview that she was particularly concerned about how Oregon will keep marijuana from leaking to the black market, a problem confronted by Colorado officials since pot was legalized in 2012.

“I’m unsurprised by Ms. Marshall’s opinion,” Mosman said.

Mr. Mosman delayed sentencing in the trial until Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m.. While I’m hopeful that the case will be dismissed, I’d imagine that there will still ultimately be a sentence handed down, but a lower sentence than the Petitioner would have originally received prior to marijuana legalization being approved on Election Day.

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  • ted mishler

    it sure helps with appetite
    popped corn, frosted flakes, 3 cheesed pizza with chopped green peppers, oh and mountain dew poured into a glass of iced cubes, seems alright:-)
    what i like most about cannabis is the ability to eat most foods with little apparent problems
    crohns otherwise has its way, and life just isnt as fun too without the awesome blossoms
    just can not can i possibly write
    any thing that would truly do it justice and the like

    • ted mishler

      meanwhile, they are about to land on comet 67p in two days
      will be interesting to see what they find
      some people on earth will be harvesting their nuggets of delight
      and hopefully, the people will grow weary and give up their cannabis fight
      in a few hours, i will be imbibing hopefully on a nugget of delight
      but first a job interview awaits
      so i had better shower and get ready to go, dont want to be late

      • ted mishler

        post interview, got to get ss card, and they urinalysis-ed me, so its up to them at this point
        if they do not want people to work to feed them selves just because they might toke a joint
        then i have to ride my bike back to colorado, whats the point lol
        no i will find something that is sure
        i guess i will try fast food, the food for the stomach will be the cure:-)
        meanwhile, may the good stoners have a great day, and others too,
        i have to drink this mountain dew
        then its off to get the ss card
        umm, maybe one more for the road, that wont be going to far
        i feel the mt dew brought the effect down, funny how mt dew or any food can take the effects of cannabis away, and replace the feeling with feelings of contentment, but sleepiness can happen on high cbd, hmm, well, better get my mood adjustment, cbd makes a change
        it does so at the cost of making me sleepy, but until i am employed, it will have to do until i can afford a higher varietied type of strain which always invokes happiness in my brain:-)

        • ted mishler

          :-|

        • Bongstar420

          Being an employee is not about the employee supporting themselves in society. It is about being what the employer wants. This will be the reality until performance is the only metric used to make the decisions.

  • Silverserpant

    To Pretty much every politician & Amanda Marshall: You were elected by the ppl to serve the ppl. But then you get into office and run your own agenda- which is the complete opposite of what the ppl want & need. Your own personal OPINIONS (because science has shown otherwise) shouldn’t define how you do your job. Legalizing isn’t the issue it’s the corrupt govt officials with personal agendas that are the issue. You will never save a child’s life because of your reefer madness brainwashed mind disagrees with SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE. How long do you think ppl will take it up the rear, well at least our generation anyway? In my opinion….not much longer. So save your million$ for when your out of a job and on your asses. Good day.

    • Dev O

      Very well said!!!! You should seriously consider sending this same message directly to Amanda Marshall. I’m sure it won’t be hard to contact info for her…..

    • Bic

      Well said. Now apparently the new fight is getting these closed-minded overlords to RESPECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE and enforce the f-ing laws WE voted on the books. Their “opinions” on MJ have absolutely no bearing on the way they discharge their DUTIES as elected officials. They must now be the ones to DO AS THEY’RE TOLD and obey the laws whether they like them or not!

      • MiCreeNi QuashMah

        well remember when you vote

    • Bongstar420

      Like the person in question was not corrupt. How is tax evasion and black market sales not the definition of corrupt?

  • Leonard Hester

    Get it legal nation wide! Politicians who do not respect the will of the people should be removed from office!

  • Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah

    been writing fro several now why not posted

  • Bongstar420

    If he moved anything across state lines, there will be no change.

    Otherwise, the guy is at least guilt of a class B felony under 91 not including the pervasive tax evasion he is likely also guilty of. He is properly screwed. The guy should have kept things small if he really believed in legalization.

    It looks like this guy properly deserves jail time, just like I properly deserved the felony I got 5 years ago when I knowingly ran afowl of the law.