Teen faces life in prison for pot brownies

ROUND ROCK, Texas – A Texas man is facing up to life in prison for his baking habit. Joe Lavoro said, “It’s outrageous. It’s crazy. I don’t understand it.”

Lavoro says he can’t understand why his son is in so much legal trouble. Authorities say 19-year-old Jacob Lavoro is accused of making and selling pot brownies.

He is being charged with a first-degree felony. Lavoro said, “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. This is wrong.”

Jack Holmes, Lavoro’s attorney, said, “I was outraged. I’ve been doing this 22 years as a lawyer and I’ve got 10 years as a police officer and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The charge is so severe because the recipe Jacob used includes hash oil, which allows the state to use the sugar, cocoa, butter and other ingredients to determine the weight of the drugs.

Holmes said, “They’ve weighed baked goods in this case. It ought to be a misdemeanor.”

Lavoro said, “If he 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.”

24 comments

  • Richard A. Vert

    This stuff makes me so mad I can't see straight. These Nazi's keep this war going against our citizens with ZERO evidence weed will cause harm to anybody. They started this war in 1937 when prohibition ended so they would still have a reason to exist. It's time to stop ! Pot has never hurt ANYBODY and helps millions. Pot laws have ruined millions of lives. Wake up America and put an end to this madness !!!

  • ted

    Wait didn't everybody watch 60 minutes when ricky Williams said that the worst drug that he was addicted to was caffeine this is ridiculous the judge probably was a big toker back in his day and still probably does it stop being so judge mental ass holes

  • Casey

    Wow… Pathetic… Child molesters & child abusers get lighter sentences n bc hes betty crocker with a hint of herb hes facing life? Alcohol & tobacco kill yet they both r legal 247 365 and weed is such an “outrage”. Get outtaaa here!! I’ll take a stoner over an alcoholic anyday!

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    "any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are takingover in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…nobody is more backwards then Texas, that's why noone messes with them

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing Americans while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

  • caliboss

    my crew was doing this in high school….

    now we all have college degrees, careers, families, and super massive legal grows

    long live cali, the real nobel peace prize fighter….texas got nothing on us, nothing

  • Local man

    We have a problem in Texas with foul DAs trying to pad their records on the back of the innocent or barely guilty. Jenifer Tharp of Comal DA is also going after justin Carter over freespeech because she is like the Williamson County DA…. FOUL and Cunning and willing to hurt innocent people and let go of the guilty so that their records look good.

    Their malfesence is a detrement to soceity and bad DAs should be removed at all costs.

  • walter stewart

    Renumber kids prosecution, preceding, and jail time comes out of your pocket. Do you really wanna pay money to put this kid in jail while alcohol and tobacco is legal?

  • local guy

    absolutely disgusting to sentence this guy for such a stupid reason… well there goes more of our tax dollars to something stupid good job america. and we wonder why we are in debt.. gimme a f***kn break..

  • tom green

    this is ludicrous i mean pot brownies??? oh man he is such a criminal……. this is by far the stupidest thing i have woken up to and read on the news.. i agree with local guy.. WOOHOO!!! GOD JOB AMERICA MORE OF EVERYONE'S MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN FOR IGNORANCE!!! GO AMERICA

  • philip turner

    wake up america.. for pot brownies??? are u serious? they need to give him a small fine and be on his way if anyhing. this is crazy >:(

  • steve hatchet

    cmon" america this is absolutely dumb.. there are actual crimes out there being committed and they are worried about some baked goods? thats pitiful corrupt justice system is all over this case

  • david jergel

    wow wow wow… f**king stupid life for brownie's? man i wish my tax dollars went to something like child rapers or organized crimes not for brownie making.. good grief (the world we live in) check the research retards (pot) is not a dangerous substance..

  • aaaaaaaaaaaaa

    if you wouldn't charge someone differently for liquor as opposed to beer you shouldn't charge more harshly for hash oil than weed for one thing, because it's not a different chemical, it's the same thing in a higher concentration. the difference in laws was probably put in place by self interested economic concerns, the same reason pot is demonized. the courts should follow the spirit of the law and look at the physical substance of what was going on instead oflooking to erroneous and improper policies that were put in place by dishonest tactioning that insults the populace and the government it selects. i'd saylet him go free, they might have edited some words into the legal code saying no one's supposed to do this, but if you really consider it it's not a criminal event, it's not something you'd make a law about if there wasnt one and you saw it happening

  • Matt C

    There is evidence? Thanks for sharing it with us all, wow, so much evidence that pot is harmful, you've changed my mind!

  • gregb

    Diabetics (and others with problems like obesity) may have endocrine or other issues that would preclude your facile advice for "lifestyle changes". You can google "Cushing's Disease" for further explanation.

    So, sounds like you have biases of your own…

  • larry

    From the Scientific American, "Casual Marijuana Smoking Not Harmful to Lungs", Jan 10, 2012. There are more than 30,000 peer reviewed scientific studies, many of whom were led by the USG, and the results are in: not just is it not harmful, It may even be 'helpful'. "In fact, occasional marijuana use was associated with slight increases in lung airflow rates and increases in lung volume, the study found." http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/casual-

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