Three Texas In Clay County, Texas, two black men were arrested and charged with felony drug possession after police accused them of having edibles in their car during a traffic stop.
The men, Dandre and Dante Burroughs, and their roommate, Samuel Serrano-Griffiths, were driving home from Colorado after celebrating one of the boys’ 21st birthdays when Clay County officers pulled them over for speeding and making an unsafe lane change, according to ABC 13.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed the exact amount of drugs found in the vehicle, but each of the boys is being held on a $50,000 bond.
According to Raquel Burroughs, Dante and Dandre’s mother, the boys are good people and the punishment far outweighs the crime.
Burroughs told ABC 13 that he was “shocked and very upset.”
“They’re effective. They put in long hours. They are simply wonderful children. Despite the fact that they are my children, I have been told numerous times how respectful they are.”
Burroughs also expressed her concerns about Texas marijuana arrests and charges.
“Marijuana is legal in one state. Texas is ostensibly decriminalizing marijuana, but they’re going to throw my kids in jail, keep them there, and give them a felony record. “It doesn’t add up,” she explained to ABC 13.
Recreational marijuana use is still illegal in Texas, and punishment is solely based on the amount in your possession.
Possession of 2 to 4 ounces is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $4,000. However, anything over 4 ounces is a felony with mandatory sentencing.
It can have a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 days and a mandatory maximum sentence of 99 years, depending on the amount. Fines could range from $10,000 to $50,000.
Texas passed a law in 2019 that decriminalized hemp, a plant that is also in the cannabis family. Over the next year, the number of Marijuana prosecutions dropped dramatically as a result of the law.
Although the laws appear to be loosening slightly, lives continue to be greatly impacted.
Raquel Burroughs has hired a lawyer for the boys and hopes to have them released via a bail bondsman, but their fight to stay out of prison and keep their records clean is just getting started.