Why is a Disabled Vet Serving Five Years for Legal Cannabis?
Systemic racism and draconian cannabis laws led to unjust charges for a medical cannabis patient in Alabama. Feature Image Via The Washington Post In 2016, Sean Worsley and his wife Eboni were traveling through Alabama on route to see family. Little did Worsley know that he and his wife’s last-minute decision to stop for gas in a small rural town would change their lives. However, it quickly became a traumatic and life-altering encounter with the American justice system. Stemming from that original run-in, a judge would later hand Worsley a five-year sentence for legally prescribed medical cannabis. As a Black, disabled, veteran, Worsley’s case is a heart-wrenching look at America’s entrenched systemic racism and problematic patchwork of cannabis regulations. Worsley’s Original Crime? Playing Loud Music While Black Worsley’s trauma begins with a road trip. Late one night in 2016, he and Eboni were driving through the state of Alabama. Both Arizona residents, they would regularly enjoy visits with family across the Southern states, culminating in a visit to Worsley’s mother in North Carolina. They stopped for gas in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, around 11 p.m., and Worsley had the radio loud. He danced around while fueling up. At the same time, Officer Carl Abramo, of the Gordo Police Department, looked on and was not pleased with their arrival. As it turns out, Tuscaloosa and the local country have many antiquated rules, including ones against loud music. Abramo approached Worsley, advising him of the local ordinance against loud music, and as per the…
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