Overzealous Prosecution, Not Marijuana Could Get NorCal Teen Deported

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Wingnuts are frothing at the mouth today over the plight of a Northern California teenager, whose life is seriously fucked up right now, thanks to a marijuana charge.

The possible deportation of Saira Munoz "back home" to Mexico is in headlines across the world, with the New York Daily News and UK Daily Mail picking up her story: short of cash for a prom dress, the 18-year-old Yuba City high school senior tried to make money by selling pot brownies.

The restaurant worker sold some to a friend, who sold some to other people -- one of whom went to the hospital after eating a "small piece" and freaking out. That brought in the cops, who arrested her in March 2013.

She could have done two years in jail... "for marijuana," it was breathlessly reported by local television news (in full-on, melodramatic Anchorman-like style).

Instead -- before she was reported to immigration officials -- the local District Attorney charged her with a felony. There's so much wrong here, but that's where the wrong began.

A call to the Sutter County District Attorney's Office was not immediately returned. Based on what's been reported, though, it's clear that Munoz had the book thrown at her.

Marijuana distribution for sale is a felony under California law. However, prosecutors are allowed to make deals with defendants, who can plead out to lesser charges. A young person (she was 18) on a first-time offense is generally offered a deal.

Instead, since Munoz sold the brownies to another person (who was under 18) who then made more sales, she did nine days in jail before she pleaded no contest to a felony on Feb. 7, her hometown paper the Appeal-Democrat reported.

Copping a felony for slanging a few hundred dollars' worth of pot food is unheard of.

Even more insane are the consequences. Munoz has been in the United States, legally, since 2000. In other words, since she was a little kid. Now her residency is in "jeopardy" after the Sutter County Probation Department reported her to immigration officials.

The Supreme Court last year ruled that a simple possession charge isn't grounds for deportation. Felony distribution, and the added nail in the coffin of providing drugs to a minor (even if it's an 18 year old giving it to a 15-year-old friend) make this different.

Anti-marijuana people around the country are having a field day with this one, as a brief scan of the comments sections of the numerous reports on her show. But the media is also to blame for this.

A local television report said that Munoz could be "sent home."

This story has it all: Race-baiting, immigrant-baiting, teens and marijuana.

What Munoz did was illegal and not particularly smart. However, selling small amounts of weed to make a little money is something countless of students in high school and college do.

If Munoz is dropped off on the other side of the border for her weed scheme, that will be the real crime.

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PatKittle
PatKittle

Gee, we aren't over-crowded enough already... & we've got to find someone to use all our surplus fresh water.

Hey, I know -- let's let anyone & everyone on Earth move here!

To encourage them, let's give them lots of freebies when they get here & make them exempt from our laws; we've got to get rid of all our surplus freebies somehow.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Would the republic fold without her contribution to our great multicultural tapestry? No.  Adios muchacha, y aprende de sus pecados.

Federale
Federale topcommenter

No, she is not legal, she is illegal and a beneficiary of the illegal and unconstitutional Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty, the DACA executive order.

Dan Talbot
Dan Talbot

The Laws on Marijuana are messed up right now due to the fact that there are contradicting laws from city, state and Federal on this matter ....

Javier Leocadio Colón
Javier Leocadio Colón

Why don't they start deporting the Haight Street hippies for being rude, smelly and selling mushrooms and weed?

Bonnie Blake
Bonnie Blake

She has been here long enough to now what she did was illegal and dangerous.

keithfresno
keithfresno

@PatKittle  You must be commenting on another story but did it here by mistake, because absolutely nothing of what you wrote has anything whatsoever to do with this story.

PatKittle
PatKittle

@keithfresno @PatKittle

My previous comment was censored, although it seemed as civil as yours.

Suffice it to say we're over-crowded already, and we don't endless millions more people pouring in here making it even worse. 

Hopefully that is clear enough for you.

PatKittle
PatKittle

@keithfresno:

Surely you're intelligent enough to realize crowding endless millions more people into our country makes us even more over-crowded? 

And that these endless millions all expect to use more water (and everything else)?

You ARE at least that intelligent, aren't you?

Federale
Federale topcommenter

Funny's a crutch, Rich.

keithfresno
keithfresno

@PatKittle  Yet again, that has absolutely nothing to do with the story.  The girl at the heart of the story is a legal immigrant according to the story, but you're trying to make a point about overcrowdedness. What are we to do, deport legal immigrants to make more room?  And the bit in your first post about surplus freebies also made no sense in the context of this story because we simply don't know anywhere near enough about the girl to know what "freebies" she is taking advantage of.  About all we know is that she's a teen, she's an immigrant, and that she sold pot cookies and got intro trouble for it.

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