Comments for: Man caught with nearly 300 pounds of pot gets 4-year sentence

Posted March 29, 2012, at 6:34 p.m.

BANGOR | A man described by his attorney, the prosecutor and a federal judge as an unlikely candidate to be labeled a drug dealer was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to nearly four years in prison for selling marijuana. Louis Bailey, 47, of Wells was using between one-quarter …

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  • Tom

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    • Anonymous

      I’m beginning to agree with that notion more and more every day.  This guys gets jail for 4 years yet a man who touched his young babysitter gets 90 days?  Maybe we’d have more room in our jails for the REAL problem makers if we legalized it.  Just a thought.

      • Tom

        Cannabis has no known toxicity in humans, and no one has ever died from smoking too much weed.

        • Guest

          Amazing how his asthma disappeared!   Of course, any smoke inhalation is toxic…..

        • Anonymous

          And…..I would much prefer to be on the roads with someone under the influence of pot than someone under the influence of alcohol.  And I don’t smoke pot 

        • Anonymous

          And missing your exit you so get busted with 101 pound of weed in your truck, aside, there are far fewer traffic accidents with people under the influence of weed than liquor or even cell phones, I’d wager.

      • David

        Well the Brownville mother got 5 years for letting the teen kids drink.  Not a wise thing to do but 5 years come one here .  She might die in jail her kids end up in DHHS care.   I see no justice sometimes in the criminal Justice system.

        • Anonymous

          Ol’ Bill will tell you that all 300 pounds will end up in the hands of children.  Skowtown will tell you he should be publicly slain.  I guess there is no middle ground….

          • David

            300lbs the tax evasion alone could have got him 4 years. Just saying I no nothing about weed but that sounds like a lot. I do not think one could smoke that much in a lifetime.

          • Anonymous

            Tax evasion does not come into play because it had not been sold for profit. 
             I agree, it appears it was a product and not a stash.  But that is only because of demand.  And, with no proof,  I would have to wager that the vast majority would have ended up in the hands of working, responsable people, and not children.

          • David

            I agree with what you said . I do not believe he would have paid taxes on it. The point is its the law I do not agree with it myself but man 300lbs . He should have know he was pushing his luck a bit. Sorry but I am not going to loose as much sleep about this guy as the Brownville mother case. A mother with kids get 5 years for a stupid mistake.  The law is not always fair . I guess it it what it is.

          • Guest

            I’m not sure, but I’d love to give it the old college try!! 

          • Anonymous

            There is no tax on weed. 
            Make it so, the problems all go away. 

          • Anonymous

            300lbs would probably get you through most of a Cyprus Hill concert.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t either and lose more and more faith in it every day

      • Anonymous

        Who’d a thunk it ?

      • Until it is legalized, cops cannot look the other way.  If you are really supportive of legalizing, make the change in the law.

        • Alykins

          Duuuh! Why didn’t we think of that?! Let me just grab a pen to do that…

        • Anonymous

          Sure, I’ll go to the state house right this minute and hand them my proposal with the request that they enact it immediately lol

      • Anonymous

         How about the illegal alien that assaulted the young girl? All he got was a ticket back to the shite hole of a country he came from. I think this guy was just stockpiling for his own consumption in case of a major disaster.

        • Anonymous

          And that too.  It seems to go on and on and on.

      • Anonymous

        You also have a firemen who started multiple fires getting 18 months.  

        • Anonymous

          That too.

    • Anonymous

       I am sick to death of reading about people being sent to prison for providing a product that nearly half of the population supports legalizing.  This is a complete waste of money, court time, lost tax revenue, pot, human potential, jail costs, police time, prosecutor time.  Enough is enough.  Let’s stop allowing ourselves to be governed like this. 

      • Anonymous

        Bangorian,  I wholeheartedly  agree with you.  I’m sure you know my views.  My problem with the cannabis movement is our representatives.  I do not want this guy as an idea sales rep. for any of my ideas.  He would manage any business in a wreckless and disasterous fashion.  I know a lawyer,  a college professor, veterinarian,  a bunch of musicians,  along with a ton of successful tradesmen,  that would be much better representatives than alot of the ones in the publics eye. They decline due to the social stigma.

        • Anonymous

          If that’s the only thing holding you back, then run for office and stop this foolishness.  I’d be the first to vote for you.

      • Alykins

        We’re actually at half the population for legalization:
        http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/record-high-americans-favor-legalizing-marijuana.aspx

        • Anonymous

          You are about to get your head chewed off for that post.  You saw the bottom….

    • danpo

       NO

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s pretty silly for pot to be illegal, but you flick on your tv and there are no shortage of alcohol ads. Anytime I have been to party/gathering/event in which people are drinking or toking (or both), if trouble breaks out, more often than not it is the drunks who are causing it.

      I would say driving while on either is not a good idea and you should be punished either way, but to toss a man in jail for 4 years, while those who steal millions or abuse children get slaps on the wrist….just doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Anonymous

    How far is Old Town from the border

    • Anonymous

      It is far from all of them, except the one with the Penobscot Nation. .

    • Anonymous

      65 miles from the Skowhegan border…..

  • Anonymous

    Wow!!He was smoking between 1/4 and 1/2 oz. a day…Wonder what he did in his spare time….Obviously not working..No job allows that…

    • Guest

      No, I can’t picture him employed either. Wonder who was paying for his inhalers?

  • kcjonez

    No coverage in this fine piece of journalism of what the cost will be to us, the taxpayers, for prosecuting and incarcerating these guys.  Probably a $million$ at least.  

    What a waste!  End the prohibition!  

    • RoostookGuy

      But think of alt he “law enforcement” related jobs !

  • LLegalize and Tax away

    • Anonymous

       Tax away ???!!??
      Are you drunk ??
      More taxes??
      What !!! ???

      The danged plant grows wild all over the world.
      And grows just fine  in any garden from Peru to Siberia.
      Why would you and all the other Extreme TaxLovers
      even think for a minute that this country needs more taxes??
      Especially for things in our garden ??

      If this country , and you , could only mind its own business
      and stay out of other peoples back yards there would be plenty for everybody.
      And lame brains wouldn’t be proposing more taxes.

      More taxes ??
      Bad idea.

      • Anonymous

         I’d happily pay a high tax.

        • Anonymous

           You would happily pay a tax on something that is free ??
          Huhhh!! ??
          What next ??
          Air tax ?
          Water tax?
          Oooops , did I just give some greedy politician some ideas ?

          • I remember when I said I’d never pay to watch TV and where the heck is it free?  Please post your address below:

          • BTW most of your taxes are STATE taxes not federal, you really need a civics book on how our govt works.

          • Anonymous

            Most folks don’t grow gardens anymore.  They go to the grocery store and pay taxes on tomatoes.  Most people won’t have an herb garden, either.  They’ll go to the store and buy a pack of joints.

          • Anonymous

            Are fruits and vegetables taxed? Though only junk food was taxed? Actually there is a big movement right now of people returning to the old ways and are growing their own food because of the downward spiral in the economy. 

          • Anonymous

            Oh,  maybe they are not…the wife takes care of the shopping.
            I’m just saying,  You can brew your own beer,  but most do not.
            You can grow tobacco,  (got a friend that does) but most don’t.
            You can be sure that if it is leagalized,  I would be one that would not purchase it!

          • Anonymous

             Most folks I know grow gardens , of one form or another.
            And we share with our friends and neighbors.
            Not sure where you live.
            I live in the other state of Maine, Washington County.

          • Anonymous

            see_shore, what are you talking about? If you grow yourself some broccoli, do you pay taxes on it? If you grow yourself some roses, do you pay taxes on that? What if you brew your own beer, do pay taxes on that, too?

            If the Feds would legalize, what says you can’t grow the stuff for yourself like any other crop? California would not be in the financial mess their in if Marijuana was legalized, regulated, and TAXED. Just like any other crop grown for commercial use.

            Wake up. Observe your surroundings and educate yourself.  

            And by the way- what is free about weed? $400/once? Four months in prison? This stuff is already a BIG business.

          • Anonymous

             Yo, wooly,
              you havent been paying attention to a thing I have written , have you?
              Commercial crops : Im sure someone will figure out a tax for it.
              I just hope that commercial growers get as large a subsidy
               to grow it as corn or sugarcane farmers.
            Pot is $ 400 an ounce because the govt is involved.
            Free market now : $200 an ounce , or so I hear.

            How would you handle pot growers participation at a local farmers market?
            Some people  call pot ” herb”.
            Would it be next to the basil and oregano ??

          • Be like buying a pack of ‘herb’  they could even put them in a machine.

      • So don’t legalize?  I’d rather pay some taxes to the govt than a big fine and maybe jail time when they should have criminals in jail.  Lots of stuff grows all over the world and we control it.  Maybe you should have your fishermen pay taxes like the rest of us.  I’ll bet you have a safety deposit box.  Wait til the gov gets his hands on your personal papers.  Mine are paid.  :)

        • Anonymous

           Mainer,
            I couldn’t really follow the thread of your post.
            Other than you want to pay more taxes.
            And you want fisherman to pay more taxes. (?)

           Well,  I don’t want to pay more taxes.
            And I dont believe I ever advocated keeping pot illegal.

            Gotta go to work.
            Diesel : $ 4.11 a gallon. Maine Tax per gallon : 56.5 cents. ( approx.)
            Thats high enough for me.

          • You need to tell your state rep/senator.  Mine is Dennis Damon, nice guy.  Maine taxes on a cell phone is about 10 bucks, outragreous. I just want fishermen to pay their taxes, to claim what they catch.  LePage is going after them with his ‘papers law’.  If they make pot legal, they can sell it like any other product, create jobs, tax it like they do everything and most importantaly open up our prisions for criminals, murderers, repeat offenders.  A pothead will sit on the couch and bother not one.  Invest in snacks.

          • Anonymous

             Mmmmm, donuts.

      • Alykins

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin_tax

        We tax everything you could possibly want.
        (I do hate sin taxes because it is merely a way to coerce people into avoiding certain things and making money off those that won’t resist.)
        That being said, I’d pay a tax for weed. It would be consistent. Marijuana-users wouldn’t be constantly living in fear of being caught.

        But, yep, it’d be just as silly as taxing my neighbor’s vegetable garden.

  • I am for capitol punishment, anyone caught with POT,cocaine, or any illegal drug.

    • Anonymous

       I’m for capital punishment of people who don’t know the difference between “capital” and “capitol”.

      • Anonymous

        Awww, Skowtown has ” the most clear headed opinions on issues in the State of Maine.”  Clearly,  this is one…..

        • RoostookGuy

          Ever clear ?

      • RoostookGuy

        I think the capitol should be punished, too…

    • Guest

      I notice booze isnt on your list!!  I think we may have a hypocrite.

  • Anonymous

    The biggest pushers of synthetic happy pill garbage (soon to be recalled) and the biggest suppliers of drugs to kids? Big pharma. Oh, a 10 year old kid is bored in math class? ABNORMAL! Give little Johnny some ritalin with his fruit loops so he can sit up straight, eyes forward like a good little robot when the school cop comes in to tell the class about the dangers of pot. Funny how we never hear about those people going to jail. 

    • Anonymous

      We do.  They are breaking into pharmacies daily across the state…

      • Anonymous

        I took it wrong…capt’,  you was saying big pharm….sorry

    • RoostookGuy

      Yet weed is “the gateway drug”…

  • Guest

    Of course they missed their exit.They’re stoners! 1/4 to 1/2 ounce a day? No different than an alcoholic driving around drunk with a serious amount of bootleg booze and a gun.
    They should’ve been charged with DUI and the gun.

    • RoostookGuy

      I suppose if you know nothing at all about alcoholism or weed you might actually believe that.

      Fortunately most people nowadays are a bit more skeptical of such bogus claims.

      • Guest

        That’s just it, I do know something about the two, first hand. Operating under the influence of either is definitely a fair comparison.

        • Anonymous

          Please explain, then, how I have been driving stoned for nearly 10 years and I clock a lot of miles traveling all over New England because of my spread out family. And yet, I have never once been pulled over for driving erratically; never had a sobriety test.
          I do not and will not drive drunk or buzzed. It is an entirely different drug.

          http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/24/53/

          http://norml.org/library/item/marijuana-and-driving-a-review-of-the-scientific-evidence

          http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/visualising-the-guardian-datablog/

          Time and time again, scientists are telling us that driving under the influence of marijuana is simply not comparable to driving under the influence of alcohol.

          http://www.druglibrary.org/Schaffer/Misc/s16p6.htm
          “Marijuana cases provided an odd’s ratio of 0.6, but again
          this was not significant statistically. By contrast the odd’s ratio for alcohol was 7.6.”

          • Guest

            Go on believing that. Just let me know when you’re in Boston on a six lane highway doing 45 mph in the left lane like I have. I’ll stay off the road! 

            You’ve just built up a tolerance for it like many ‘hollow leg’ drinkers think they have. You think you can justify it!?  I’ve been around the farm.Your links (which I won’t read ) show that you’re fixated on the stuff. Do drinkers know as many links to bolster their claim that  “I’m ok to drive” such as you purport? Sad, really….. Just don’t kill me, or anyone else huh?  Send me your Mass. travel itinerary as a warning!

            Smoke all the dope you want and I’ll drink all the beer I want. Let’s just do it at home. NO ONE can justify DWI, no matter the substance–EVER!

          • Anonymous

            Agreed.

    • Anonymous

      Missed their exit i’ll say. They started in Wells. drove up 95 heading to Vinalhaven.  That would be the exit in Brunswick for rt 1 or the one in gardiner or augusta for Rt 17. Yet these stoners were all the way north of Oldtown before they noticed that they missed the exit? I think that speaks for itself.

  • Anonymous

    WOW and the drunk guy who touched the babysitter gets 90 days WHAT THE F>>>

  • Anonymous

    but then again maybe he should be put in jail for being a liar.. he said he was addicted… NOT…… he had almost 300 pounds.. seems he was addicted to the money..smoke a half once a day.. thats smoking all day long no wonder  he needed help to breath… oh yea he is a liar… why the gun??this guy makes dope smokers look bad even worse than people who drink

    • RoostookGuy

      Well, nobody ever claimed that weed can make the duller knives in the drawer the sharpest.

      For every BDN scourge of weed and weed bust article, there are hundreds of Mainers that partake responsibly that will never make the headlines.

      • Anonymous

        Lots of grandmothers smoke.  Responsibly.  On their own time, in the privacy of their own homes.  Helps with aches and pains.

      • Anonymous

        I’d say thousands.

  • How about we look into the chemicals the government is putting into our foods, for example high fructose corn syrup, and natural flavors/coloring… or maybe the cancer causing vaccines that we allow our youth to ingest daily. orrrr lets look into the pills that are prescribed and abused daily. hmm just my 2 cents

    • Anonymous

       pink slime!

  • Anonymous

    Taxing it should get Maine out of last place on the economic list.That and the shot in the arm for destination weddings in the prettiest state in the Union once gay marriage passes.Bonus!

  • Anonymous

    Plain WRONG to send Bailey to jail. 

  • DonHorchKingofMen

    400$ an ounce???What a maroon!

  • Two months for a felonious sex offender and 4 years for the marijuana guy…. haha  I’m supposed to respect this? 

  • danpo

    Anyone I know that smokes that crap is always a little paranoid and touchy emotionally. They’d like to think they are laid back people but often are touchy and snappy. Recent studies have shown too that it can lead to mental illness. Also it stinks like diarrhea. Gross.

    • Anonymous

      Question, why does anyone smoke it? I can understand if a person needs it medically, but otherwise it doesn’t seem to have any benefits for anyone. I was a cigarette smoker and now can’t understand why.

      • Anonymous

        Question, why does anyone drink Alcohol? It doesn’t seem to benefit anyone, and causes a lot more harm to our society than pot. 

        Live and let live.

    • Anonymous

      There are no “recent” studies that it can lead to mental illness. There are older studies that say that there may be some connection but that perhaps the mental illness was already there and they began smoking to self-medicate. 

      I would bet that those people that you are referring to also either drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes.  

    • Your diarrhea smells like pot?  It definitely can’t be the other way around…

    • Anonymous

      I believe the studies showing correlation between marijuana and mental illness have mainly suggested that the mental illness causes the marijuana use and not the other way around.
      Examples: People with PTSD are roughly 3x more likely to smoke tobacco than those without PTSD. Those with ADHD are about twice as likely to smoke tobacco. (The marijuana use rates are higher in both groups as well) Does the tobacco cause the PTSD or ADHD? Of course not!

      As far as paranoia, I tend to only get paranoid around cops and people who persecute marijuana users.

  • Guest

    ….

  • Anonymous

    I think the most harmful thing is his jail sentence.

  • Anonymous

    300 pounds!   It’s got some Labrador in it.

  • Anonymous

    400 dollars an ounce!!! wow must of been the BEST stuff!  lot cheaper around here

  • Anonymous

    Legalize Weed/Drugs??? Get Law Enforcement out of the way??? What a fallacy! Let’s try a
    thought experiment. Ok what age should we set? All those under the legal age will want in as well- Law enforcement will need to monitor.
    How will it be dispensed/sold? How much can be sold at one time?
    Black-marketing? Still need a law enforcement component.
    Grade and strength of the weed. If the legal age is say 16 do we allow the sale of weed
    with high levels of THC to high school kids? What about boutique weed that has been “enhanced” who can buy and how much? What about Oxy? Should kids be able to buy say 10 oxy pills a week?
    The list goes on… Bumper sticker slogans and blogs are easy – Implementation not so easy.

    • Anonymous

      You are complicating it.
      Think of alcohol.  21 years of age. No drinking and driving.
      There is no black market for vodka.
      You can buy 5% beer,  or 45% vodka.
      It should be dispensed/sold just like beer.
      Oxy has zero to do with this.
      Enhanced weed?  One of us don’t know what we are talking about…..
      Frees up alot of time for l/e

      • Anonymous

        Being a bit judgmental against oxy users  aren’t you? What about all the hash
        smoker’s? Cocaine users?  Quite a bit of crime related to the distribution and sale of that powder…How about LSD? Plenty of people that dose have had no ill effects from using… Yeah sure, why not let a 16 year old purchase some coke right? Dose on their way back from softball practice? Yeah that has the makings of a great outcome.

        • Anonymous

          What is your obsession with 16 year olds?
          By the way,  hash is nothing more then cannabis….your just extracting the THC from the flowers….
          I don’t know anything about the other things you are ranting about.

          • Anonymous

            No particular obsession with  16 year olds… I take it from your previous post that you would dispense weed just like beer…so age 21 correct? What about 18 year olds? They can fight and die for our country why are you denying them the right to purchase weed. Why would you discriminate against cocaine?
            Typical! You want to smoke weed so you find ways to justify it.

          • Anonymous

            Ya,  I would propose 21,  just like booze.  Just to make it easier for the opposition to swallow.  Nothing against 18 year olds.  Like I said,  I don’t know anything about coke.  I’ve never researched it. 
            As justification goes, I don’t feel the need to justify anything to anyone. I guess that would make me atypical!

  • Anonymous

    This is so dumb. As legalwoman72 pointed out, pedophiles get less time. I haven’t smoked pot since my early 20’s but I say legalize. Both the recreational/medical strains as well as the industrial strain.

  • Anonymous

    Hilarious that they are claiming that they were selling that much to support their habit.  You could support quite a few habits with 300 lbs.

  • Anonymous

    I know someone from Oklahoma who just got 18 years for 1 pound.  At least you’re not living in the Bible Belt… God made Marijuana for us all to enjoy its MANY MANY benefits!!! And Maine has THE BEST Marijuana in the USA!! I soooo miss living in Maine:(

  • REAL SMART PEOPLE I HAVE TO LIVE WITH IN THIS STATE

    LETS LEGALIZE POT SO WE CAN  READ THESE ABOUT CRASHES EVERY DAY LIKE WE DO ALCOHOL CRASHES:

    Tina Turcotte is in a grave right now because Scott Hewitt, while driving under the influence of marijuana, smashed into the back of her vehicle causing a fiery crash.

    “Police found marijuana in truck that crushed car”
    Maine State Police found marijuana and a pipe in the cab of a tractor-trailer driven by Aroostook County truck driver Scott Hewitt  after a fatal crash on Interstate 95 in Hallowell on July 29 2005…An investigation by the Kennebec County District Attorney’s office indicated Hewitt was under the influence of marijuana at the time his truck crashed into the back of Turcotte’s automobile

    http://www.maine.gov/sos/news/2007/PermanentRevocation.html

  • Penalty by country:

    Iran
    drug traffickers are executed every year. More than 10,000 narcotics traffickers and drug users have already been put to death

    Singapore
    drug traffickers here get hanged

    Indonesia
    firing squad

    Saudi Arabia
    a public beheading

    China
    death penalty, even for non-violent drug offenses

    United Arab Emirates
    capital punishment against drug offenders.,,,,,even for just an infinitesimal trace of any drug deemed illicit in the country.

    Dubai
    0.003g of cannabis, an amount so negligible it cannot even be seen by the naked eye,, four-year jail term

    Vietnam
    penalty for possession can be years of near-starvation at a remote hard labor camp.

    • Anonymous

      Great list of communist countries.  Have any more?
      America:POT; 4 years.
      America:child molestation; 6 months.
      You Communist, you…..

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