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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Last Weed Defendant - Boston Phoenix

The Last Weed Defendant - Boston Phoenix

Why is John Rockett still in court for holding half an ounce?

By CHRIS FARAONE | December 16, 2010

"Marijuana advocates and attorneys from around the state say that Rockett could be the last person in Massachusetts to get prosecuted for holding less than one ounce of weed. By the old statute, someone in Rockett's position could serve up to six months in prison if convicted. At one point prosecutors were pressing for one year on account of his many priors, and recently offered a deal if Rockett agreed to a 90-day probationary period. Rockett refused. After nearly two years, he believes that he's suffered enough, and says he is unwilling to accept anything but a straight dismissal. Rockett hopes to get another job as a truck driver, and is concerned that another drug conviction will sabotage him."

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