In 2011, a now 76-year old disabled veteran named Lee Carroll Brooker was arrested for growing three dozen marijuana plants in his home. Under Alabama state law, Brooker received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, and the Supreme Court last month refused to hear an appeal arguing the sentence was cruel and unusual.
Brooker’s case attracted advocates clamoring for a change in sentencing laws, but perhaps the worst part about this case is it is by no means unusual.
There are plenty of cases out there where veterans, suffering from disability or post-traumatic stress disorder, turn to marijuana as the only way to feel better. And these people who have served our country are thrown into jail as a result.
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