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In May, a Williamson County teenager faced life in prison for allegedly making pot brownies with hash oil. Now a man in Williamson County faces up to life in prison for


marijuana. In this case, he says it was medical marijuana. However, the hash in his stash is why the punishment is so steep. John Fleming Lumpkin, 28, faces 5 to 99


years or life in prison. He was pulled over Friday morning for speeding and a defective center brake lamp. An affidavit says a K9 found more than that. The arresting


officer noted THC chewable tablets, THC edible candy, THC brownies, hash and more. Court documents say Lumpkin told the officer he had "a lot of medical


marijuana" in his vehicle. "When you boil it down, there really isn't that much and there's no reason to believe that it couldn't be for medical use," says Jamie Spencer,


legal counsel for Texas NORML. The group advocates marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Spencer says the range of punishment Lumpkin is up against


doesn't fit the crime he's accused of committing. "We often hear our district attorney's office claim that they're not going to go toward the higher end of these


punishments, but the point is, nobody should be facing this range of punishment for this behavior in the first place," says Spencer. Spencer says the heavy punishment


comes down to the hash because it's more potent. That was the case for Jacob Lavoro, the teen who made national headlines after making and selling pot brownies.


He's still awaiting trial, but his charges were reduced. He's now facing up to 20 years, but could still get probation because he doesn't have a criminal history. Spencer


expects the legislature to take up marijuana issues next session. "They'll be addressing decriminalization, which reduces the penalties. They'll be addressing medical


marijuana as an affirmative defense if you have a doctor's recommendation. They'll be addressing not punishing doctors-- not allowing the Texas Medical Board to


punish doctors who make those recommendations for patients. Also, the possibility of hemp being able to be grown so farmers in Texas can have a new crop and


make some good money," adds Spencer. Spencer says whatever Texas voters want, they'll have to communicate to their representatives. He says in Texas there's no


legal mechanism to force the state to allow the public to put issues on the ballot. According to police, Lumpkin had a Colorado driver's license. He said he was in


Central Texas visiting family. Williamson County records show Lumpkin was arrested for possession of marijuana in 2007.

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