Sep 282013
 September 28, 2013

corey ladd marijuana louisiana prisonLouisiana is one of the worst places to get busted with marijuana in the country. Louisiana marijuana laws are so harsh that I can’t imagine being a marijuana consumer there. I live in Oregon where the marijuana laws are very liberal, so maybe Louisiana’s laws seem harsher to me than to other people, but I can’t imagine being sentenced to twenty years in prison for a marijuana offense.

But that is exactly what happened to Corey Ladd. Mr. Ladd was sentenced to twenty years in prison for possessing just 15 grams of marijuana. In Louisiana, if you have been convicted of marijuana possession three times you can get 20 years in prison. It feels weird even typing that out. 20 years in prison, for marijuana. I don’t care how many times you have been convicted for marijuana, or what amount of marijuana you were caught with, there is no reason you should be serving multiple decades in prison for a marijuana only offense. What a waste of tax dollars. What a waste of a jail bed that should be reserved for a deranged, violent person.

Someone really needs to take a hard look at Louisiana’s marijuana laws and see how much money is being wasted. Louisiana’s marijuana laws result in racially biased practices that have a detrimental effect on the State’s minority communities. According to Dissident Voice:

For example, Louisiana arrests about 13,000 people per year for marijuana, 60% of them African Americans. Over 84 percent were for possession only. While Louisiana’s population is 32 percent black, 60 percent of arrests for marijuana are African American making it the 9th most discriminatory state nationwide. In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites, landing both parishes in the worst 15 in the country.

If you live in Louisiana, get active. The only way marijuana laws will change there is if you put the pressure on your legislators over and over again, because Louisiana is not an initiative state. Lobby for an initiative process and align with other causes that also would benefit from an initiative system. Then Louisiana will be ripe for an initiative that reform’s the State’s horrendous marijuana laws.

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  • butterpants

    That’s just fuckin insane! No violence no gun no rape no drunken domestic fight….jus 15 grams of cannabis! WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY, BUT WHAT DO THEY CARE? It’s not their cash. So it gets spent cutting grassand housing people who have no need for that type of housing, instead of enriching our childrens educations…wtf America, you jist gonna sit back an let this happen? SmFh

  • butterpants

    That’s just fuckin insane! No violence no gun no rape no drunken domestic fight….jus 15 grams of cannabis! WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY, BUT WHAT DO THEY CARE? It’s not their cash. So it gets spent cutting grassand housing people who have no need for that type of housing, instead of enriching our childrens educations…wtf America, you jist gonna sit back an let this happen? SmFh

    • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

      he was a recidivist who had been busted for pot 2 other times. The fault is HEAVILY on him.

      • Sean Spring

        yeah, anyone else would have got the hell out of Louisiana after the first bust!

        • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

          BINGO! Or after Katrina…

      • Jetdoc

        I don’t care about his RECIDIVISM, he shouldn’t have been in jail for a few grams of cannabis in the FIRST PLACE! That’s going hand in hand with MANDATORY MINIMUMS… No one should EVER be in jail for cannabis. You call it RECIDIVISM, I call it BULLSHIT and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

        • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

          Explain the “unconstitutional” part. This should be hilariously interesting!

          • Jetdoc

            The Constitution in NO PLACE gives the Govt. the POWER to even MAKE laws against Drug Policy. That’s a State’s Rights issue and is WHY the CSA isn’t LAW but a mandate. There IS a difference! How come it didn’t require a Constitutional Amendment to enact the CSA, which was enacted AFTER the 18th Amendment? Look up the 18th amendment and it’ll make sense! They KNOW they can’t do this, but they’ve insisted they have that power for so long, the American public gives them the “Assumed power” which is NOT Constitutional… They learned all this during the prohibition of Alcohol. “Any power NOT enumerated to the Federal Govt. SPECIFICALLY in the COTUS, is therefore deemed a “States Rights” issue.” They don’t have the RIGHT to institute Drug Policy. Read your Constitution and FIND in there ANYWHERE it gives them the POWER to do that? THEN get back to me

      • Frankie

        Kelly Taylor, has does it feel to be a statist and agree with obama?

        • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

          You say that as if “agreeing with Obama” is unilaterally a bad thing. When did Obama come in to this conversation anyway. GREAT use of satitist though. I will give you that.
          I stand behind my comments as I sit behind my bong.

  • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

    Yeah, I knew the headline had to be deceiving. He DID NOT get 20 years for “just a 15 grams’. He got ARRESTED for just 15 grams & sentenced to 20 years for being a REPEAT OFFENDER!
    When you tell half-truths you are JUST AS BAD as the “bad guys” who arrest people. He was given 20yrs for being a recidivist & an idiot.
    I am (until Oct 2020) a 2-strike felon in Oklahoma. WHY? Because I had 1 (count them: ONE!) pot plant & the cops found ONE Darvocet in my house. (It belonged to my roomie who had just died from a heart attack). You know what I did instead of getting arrested more? I moved to Seattle. Problem solved. Now I literally no longer use illegal drugs because all I do is smoke pot.
    This guy wasn’t that smart & his lawyer(s0 clearly sucked or he would have gotten probation. Unless of course he has already DONE probation (twice) & you left that part out to make your headline SEEM true.
    YES! Pot should be legal everywhere. YES! This guy’s story is a sad told-too-often tale but he STILL didn’t go to prison “for a hlaf ounce of pot”.

    Here’s the excerpt that proves my point:
    “But that is exactly what happened to Corey Ladd. Mr. Ladd was sentenced to twenty years in prison for possessing just 15 grams of marijuana. In Louisiana, if you have been convicted of marijuana possession three times you can get 20 years in prison.”

    • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

      don’t get me wrong: I feel for the idiot. I just would prefer that weedblog wouldn’t be deceptive in their headlines.

      • joseph smith

        Your an idiot! Learn how to read! he got 20 years for 15 grams of weed!

        • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

          No. No he didn’t so maybe YOU should earn to read: HE GOT 20 YEARS FOR BEING BUSTED THREE TIMES! The last (aka THIRD) time he had 15 grams of weed.
          I can only explain it to you. I can’t understand it for you. SORRY guy named after the head Mormon.

      • painkills2

        I’m not sure you feel for someone you can call an “idiot.” Nevertheless, you have a point that the headline-grabbers are usually not found here on The Weed Blog.

      • painkills2

        I’m not sure you feel for someone you can call an “idiot.” Nevertheless, you have a point that the headline-grabbers are usually not found here on The Weed Blog.

        • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

          Yes, I can… just not very much. My sympathy for him doesn’t make him less a fool.

          • painkills2

            I guess it’s hard for me to judge someone without knowing the whole story, not just the headlines. Perhaps he is not as smart as you, which doesn’t make him a fool. I know that I’ve been a fool many times in my life. Just saying. Anyway, it appears he will pay for what have been deemed his “crimes” for a very long time. Even fools don’t deserve such a sentence.

    • painkills2

      I had to move to another state to become cannabis-legal too (legal in the state only), but not everyone has the financial resources to do so. And if you read news headlines on any website, you will be “tricked” by the way the headline is worded. But you are on The Weed Blog, not some corporate-sponsored site, so I think your outrage has more to do with not being able to empathize with the subject of the post. Just like when people say that domestic violence victims should “just leave,” you are saying that Mr. Ladd should have just left a bad situation. Keep in mind that is not always possible.

      • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

        Well said. I wasn’t outraged, nary miffed. It’s like that story of the Oklahoma woman who was sentenced for “a dime bag”. NO!!! She was heavily sentenced a) for being in Oklahoma & b) because she dealt dime bags to the same cop at least 3 times & she had a CHILD get her change (which, follow me here, means a child was present in a home used for the illegal sales of drugs).
        I have MUCH sympathy for the woman & was glad they re-sentenced her but EVERY pot blog in America was saying she got busted for $10 worth of pot when she got busted for being a sloppy drug dealer & selling to people she didn’t truly know.

    • Neal Feldman

      Yeah, that makes it so much more reasonable… NOT!

      • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

        I voted this comment up. :-)

  • Bjorn Smart

    Doesn’t matter if he was busted 50 times with weed. No one should get any time for possession. To say he was wrong is wrong, smokers need to stand up for what they believe in and never back down.

    • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

      Okay. follow me here & I will go slow because CLEARLY you are high right now…
      IF IT IS AGAINST THE LAW WHERE YOU LIVE YOU WILL VERY LIKELY GET TIME FOR POSSESSION! It’s all a big fucking game & if you don’t play by the rules OR aren’t as smart as those of us who circumvent them to do our bidding then guess what chicken-butt? YOU”RE GOING TO GET BUSTED! Any smoker (or dealer) worth his salt knows this shit. it’s a numbers game. It’s a money game & a game of odds. Most of the time we win. Sometimes, we get sentenced to 20 years for fucking up.
      Had this guy voted for pro-weed people his whole life, worked for his local NORML chapter, supported others in their fight to legalize he might not have this problem.
      YES, anti-pot laws are wrong. YES, no one should EVER go to jail, much less prison for pot or any naturally occurring anything, BUT until such a time that it IS legal you HAVE to play smart or get caught. This guy didn’t play smart.
      “Don’t debate me. It’s what I do.” ~ Bill Hicks, American Hero

      • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

        & to say he was wrong was BEING HELPFUL to anyone reading it so they don’t make the same mistake. I apologize to those around you who you refuse to help learn life’s lessons.

        • painkills2

          You keep acting like Mr. Ladd had the exact same choices and options that you did. Or I did. I don’t understand why you can’t put yourself into the shoes of someone less fortunate. It’s not that I don’t understand your point. People who don’t learn from their mistakes can sometimes pay dearly for those mistakes. Or are you making another point that I’m just not tuning into? Is this all about personal responsibility, and what you see as Mr. Ladd’s lack of it?

  • barb

    no victim, no crime, no charges, no time!!!

    • Jetdoc

      That’s the way it’s WRITTEN, but WE’VE allowed them to get awry with that SHIT for SO LONG, that NOW it’s an ASSUMED POWER by the Govt. We’ve allowed them to STRAY so far from the Constitution it’s ridiculous. The ONLY REASON for that is the fact that they’ve QUIT TEACHING the US Constitution to these kids and therefore keep them in the dark and keep then under CONTROL

      • Neal Feldman

        Welcome to the Fascist Police States of Amerika.

        • Jetdoc

          Isn’t all the shit the Govt. has done to us, the SAME shit that we were taught in grade school that the RUSSIANS & CHINESE do to THEIR people? The older I get the more CLEAR I see!

          • Neal Feldman

            Exactly.

            We are far worse than China or Russia/USSR ever have been.

            And most of the population is too stupid, uneducated and misinformed to notice.

          • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

            Yeah, we have the same restrictive internet where NO ONE can surf freely without going around the main servers (like China). We have SO MANY national anti-gay laws (much worse than Russia).
            If it sucks so much why are you guys living here?

          • Sean Patrick

            As a USAF veteran, I will criticize my country as see fit and defend the rights of others to do the same. As for what Russia and China does, that’s their racket and it’s not my business to tell them what to do. And just because bad things may go on in Russia and China doesn’t mean that I have to shut up about what goes on in the US. And you don’t get to tell me to leave, either!

  • Donna

    That is the reason the prison system is so over crowded!!!

    • Sean Patrick

      Not only that, Louisiana imprisons more people per capita than any state in the US. There was an attempt this year by Louisiana State Rep Badon to remove the draconian 2nd and 3rd time sentencing, but predictably it was rubbish canned by the medieval Louisiana state legislature.

      • Jetdoc

        Louisiana has MORE Prisoner population than does Russia AND China combined. It’s a VERY CORRUPT system they have goin on down there. Things WILL NOT CHANGE until YOU the citizens of Louisiana CHANGE THEM. GET INVOLVED! Please don’t just sit on your hands and do NOTHING cuz NEXT TIME it could be YOU that they’re taking away for some BULLSHIT reason

      • warden scum

        wardon cain is a piece of S …. just like his mother

  • painkills2

    “What a waste of a jail bed that should be reserved for a deranged, violent person.”
    I understand and applaud your arguments, but I don’t think there’s any reason to disparage other groups to make your point. There are plenty of reasons that don’t involve doing so that you can and do use. We do not have to demonize “others” in the legalization debate – when you are on the right side of an argument, such tactics are not necessary.
    As much as I abhor violence, you cannot automatically assume that someone who commits a violent act is automatically more deserving of a jail bed. Or your use of the word “deranged” to describe the type of person that should be behind bars, which I take to mean mentally unstable. Surely we have victimized the mentally ill in this country for far too long. And perhaps some violence is just another sign of someone with a disease, not someone who is a criminal.
    And I am wondering why the new federal guidelines were not followed in this case – don’t judges have more flexibility now, both in state and federal marijuana cases? Can’t they appeal to a different court under these new guidelines?

    • Jetdoc

      The new guidelines do not apply in this case because this was in a STATE COURT not a Federal. Therefore the new FEDERAL guidelines would NOT apply. I’m somewhat following your argument, but don’t TOTALLY buy into it. This has NOTHING to do with WORDS nor how they’re used. This is 100% about DRACONIAN Mandatory Minimum sentencing as well as the 3 strikes law. FEDERAL nor STATE cases involving Marijuana POSSESSION should NEVER, EVER, EVER go to JAIL, let alone for 20 years!

      • painkills2

        I don’t know much about criminal courts, except that they suck. I was just hoping that Mr. Ladd could take an appeal to a higher court, a federal court. Or is state court his only option? What about an international court? (Perhaps I’m just grasping at straws.) And until cannabis is removed as a Schedule I drug, every sentence is Draconian and just a bunch of B.S. That’s just a given.

  • DaWeeDR

    i paid 100€ fine for 10grams and that’s all :D

    • puffpuffpass420

      When the cops found mine they looked at my med. card and gave me back my oz. of buds and we went separate ways.

  • Laurel Hutch

    he Louisiana ‘Three Strikes’ Law is archaic, and does not descriminate between non-violent cries and murder. I agree, it should be reformed. But it is not restricted to Marijuana offenses – any offense could have been his third offense.
    That said, I completely agree with you – it is long past time for Marijuana to be legalized. Keep on keeping on …

  • Shana Hall

    That is shame. He got more time than someone would for rape.He must not have much money or he wouldn’t have got that much time if any.$ talks & that is why they are no rich people in prison.Well unless they are in their 4 murder.Not putting anyone down because I’m not a lawyer either but @ least 85% of people in state prisons are poor uneducated men & women.my good friend has a brother that is a lawyer and is great friends with the head D.A in this county.well my friend went golfing w/his brother & his brothers friend (the D.A.) anyway the judge just so happen 2 get invited also..so they are 3 ppl who all supposed 2 be against each ther the next day but was best buds this day..I can’t go into much but my friend said it really upset him listening 2 them talk about the trails they was having the next day…”o well yeah go ahead lck that ne up but could u let s & so off with a fine”…I live in a real small town & our court house is so messed up…guess a lot of them are..but who would believe little ole me…Mr.ladd would.They took his life over weed.never get 2 watch his kids grow up.Has 2 live in a cage pretty much.Come on…Some1 with someone need 2 change some of these laws..I’m not saying he done right but the crime doesn’t fit the punishment.20 days..heck 20 months..but 20 yrs…that is like cruel & inhuman punishment 2 me.It takes around $40,000 a year for each inmate.that is what the prisons get per person..it will take almost a million $ in tax payers $ to house Mr.Ladd…

  • Frankie

    The banksters, the democrat and republican politicians, and the president belong in jail, not pot smokers.

  • Joe Smoe

    There is a good place for the next million person march! Get it organized yesterday.This is a nightmare! Wake up! You can do it. ” The power of the people is stronger than the people in power” Bono. I am so sick of these hysterical laws and sentences……….no wonder people revolt violently! This is too outrageous for words, get some action going!

  • Phillip Marsh

    Louisiana has more “for profit” prisons than anyone else … they push for harsh laws on non-violent offenders, petty criminals because they are easier to control and house than dangerous criminals.

  • Joemungus

    Yes…. this is how deranged and violent people are made. Its very rare that we’re born with that much hatred. And they wonder why people hate the government? I used to love my government. Though, I still love my country. I served like most. That was 35 years ago. Not sure I could do it these days. I dont see a foreign cause out there noble enough to risk my life for. (or, that of my children!) The only war I see is the one our government is waging on us,

    • Steve

      Here here

  • Joemungus

    Irony. Thats all I see. Dont try to be a medical marijuana patient and apply for a concealed weapons permit. Or a commercial truck driver…Oh, hell no. BUT, its perfectly alright to be a raging alcoholic, addicted to oxys or, a member of the K.K.K. Yep. Thats totally cool. Pedophilia? Oh, yeah… theyre good to go. You dont think cops get piss tests, do you? My brothers a 65 year old surgeon and has never had a piss test in his life. (wtf?) Im sure glad we have a government qualified to make our decisions for us. Arent you?The longer we lay here and do nothing the deeper their dicks go. I’m tired of getting screwed. I’m tired of these legislators having better insurance and pensions than I do. I spent 5 years in prison over weed in the 80s. I never once met a Senators kid in there. Iowa governor (at the time) Terry Brandstads kid committed vehicular homicide on two seperate occasions while drunk. We were waiting for him to show up. Yes, prisoners watch the news. We had cake and party hats just waiting for his arrival. Of course Daddy pulled strings and he walked.
    Never judge my kid by a criterea youre not willing to impose on your own. You want justice? You have to take it. Vote!
    Anamosa and Fort Madison Alumnus.

    • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

      Who the fuck told you it was “cool” to be in the KKK, an alcoholic or on Oxycodone? #youvebeenliedto

      • Joemungus

        I didnt say it was cool. I said the government has no issues with those who are in it getting concealed weapons permits. Learn to read. Yes… Its okay to belong to an organization that prides itself on hate. Learn tact. I live in the pacific nw. we dont tolerate haters too well up here.

  • hydroponixs

    If your looking for a legit connection from California hit me up ChulaVistaCA2013@yahoo.com.. I can even send Samples..

  • Steve

    That Norwegian that shot and killed 77 people in Norway, mostly kids, is doing a 20 year stretch. Only in America, do we give people 590 year sentences for what ever, and 20 years in prison for simple possession. The largest problem with all these peers, and Judges, is they have never done 1 day in prison or jail, so they have nothing to compare it too. When the economy collapses fully, and they slide open those cells for the last time, and all 2.3 million of those disgusted, pissed off Inmates clear the prison perimeter, then there going to see what they created. They know who put em away.