An Oklahoma man is facing a possible life sentence after police say he sold 4 grams of marijuana to a pair of confidential informants working with police in the city of Enid.
Following the arrest, police searched the home 44-year-old convicted felon Michael Bourbonais, and found a little over 14 grams of marijuana in containers from Colorado and a glass pipe with marijuana residue.
Police say they also found packing materials, more glass pipes and a scale.
Bourbonais, who was arraigned last week, is facing charges of possession with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
[su_quote]He has three prior felony convictions, including failure to register as a sex offender.
Because of his rap sheet, he faces 12 years to life in prison — a stunning sentence for an amount of marijuana that would have been legal in Colorado, which shares a border with Oklahoma.
The two states have starkly different approaches to marijuana. Colorado residents voted to legalize the drug in 2012 and you can now possess up to an ounce of pot for personal consumption in the state.
Oklahoma, on the other hand, has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the nation. A first-offense misdemeanor conviction for possession could land you a $1,000 fine or a year in jail. Don’t get caught again, either — a second conviction is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.[/su_quote]
Oklahoma and Nebraska are currently suing Colorado over its marijuana laws, claiming that their legal pot can easily move across state borders and into their communities, making law enforcement more costly for Oklahoma and Nebraska.