Chris Diaz – a medical marijuana patient from California – was driving through Texas when he was pulled over on the highway for an expired license tag. He now faces up to life in prison for the hashish and cannabis that police found in his car.

Charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, Chris Diaz faces the penalties of a first-degree felony in Texas – possibly spending the rest of his life in prison for marijuana.

The DPS report said the search also turned up a cell phone “containing text messages referring to drug sales” and a notebook with “drug and law writings.” Those are apparently the basis, legitimate or otherwise, for the drug distribution charge.

The state of Texas doesn’t recognize the fact that Mr. Diaz is a legal medical marijuana patient in California who uses cannabis to treat his asthma. Some text messages and a notebook make him a dangerous drug dealer.

Even if he did intend to sell his cannabis and hashish, this hardly seems like a wise expenditure of taxpayers’ money. I believe that Texas shares a rather violent and porous border with Mexico. Yet locking up an asthma sufferer for the rest of his life, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and tying up a prison cell for decades seems reasonable to authorities in TX.

To me it seems silly and wasteful; but since Texas law enforcement is doing such an awesome job protecting it’s citizens along the border, who am I to judge them?

Joe Klare