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Keene man facing 81 years in prison for selling marijuana plans to appeal his conviction

Recently in New Hampshire, Keene resident Rich Paul was convicted of selling marijuana, and could face up to 81 years in prison at his sentencing. According to Vice, a global media outlet, Paul's case was unique in that he refused plea-bargain deals in an effort to stand up for his belief that marijuana should not be illegal.

The source reports that Paul admitted to his crime--selling the drug to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant--and that his defense relied on the possibility of "jury nullification," which occurs when members of a jury decide to acquit a defendant who has broken the law on the grounds that they disagree with the legislation.

Though Paul was ultimately convicted of the crime, he told Vice that he is planning an appeal based on his claim that the judge overseeing his trial wasn't clear enough with the jury about the concept of nullification and how it could have been applied in his case.

"Our country has become one that puts words on paper before human life. And, that's wrong. The bottom line is, I choose--or I should be able to choose--my own medical care," Paul said in a video statement from jail, according to Vice. "The people who bought weed from me should be able to choose their own medical care and if that includes marijuana that's their right. Even if it's recreational. Who cares? It's not your body, it's not your mind, you don't have a right to control it."

If you have been accused of any crime involving marijuana, be sure you have the best legal team on your side of the courtroom. Working with an experienced New Hampshire lawyer can ensure that you don't unnecessarily suffer under the strict marijuana laws the state currently has in place.

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