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A teenager from Round Rock, Texas is facing five years to life in jail for baking and selling marijuana edibles if he is convicted.
Jacob Lavoro, 19, was at his first court appearance last Thursday. He is charged with a first degree felony.
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Lavoro used hash oil instead of actual marijuana to bake brownies and cookies. Under Texas law, hash oil is classified and a “Penalty 2” controlled substance because it contains a higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the main ingredient in marijuana.
After searching Lavoro’s apartment, police allegedly found 660 grams of baked goods – six bags of cookies and nine bags of brownies. They also found 16 ounces of marijuana and $1,675 in cash, according to Yahoo.com. He was arrested on April 15 for possession of marijuana, possession of illegal hash oil and the sale of hash-infused edibles.
"Five years to life? I'm sorry, I'm a law abiding citizen. I'm a conservative. I love my country. I'm a Vietnam veteran, but I'll be damned," Lavoro’s father, Joe Lavoro, told KHON-TV. "If [Jacob] did something wrong he should be punished, but to the extent that makes sense. This is illogical. I'm really upset, and I'm frightened, I'm frightened for my son. This is illogical. I'm really upset, and I'm frightened, I'm frightened for my son."
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