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Mississippi’s Burning Issue

Episode 8

Does the punishment fit the crime? That is the burning issue in a Mississippi case that “The Grass is Always Greenberg” examines in depth.

Greenberg Glusker’s Michelle Mabugat, Priya Sopori, Alexa Steinberg and Steven Stein discuss the matter of a 36-year old black man convicted of possessing slightly over one ounce of marijuana (the state’s term), a felony in Mississippi. He received a mandatory life sentence without parole while many states are legalizing cannabis, raising the issue of proportionality.