Beth Curtis shines a spotlight on:
These Men Are Serving Life Sentences In Prison For Selling Pot
Fifteen years ago, Beth Curtis’ brother, John, was sentenced to die in prison.
In 1994, John Knock was indicted by the Northern District of Florida. Prosecutors alleged that Knock, then 47 years old, conspired to import vast amounts of marijuana into the United States through Canada over several years.
At the time of his arrest, Knock was a first-time offender. He had no history of being violent. Still, when Knock was convicted at trial, he was handed two life sentences, plus 20 years in prison. His extreme sentence was largely the result of drug laws passed in the 1980s, as well as so-called sentencing “enhancements” that can increase sentence length based on the type and quantity of drugs. (The Drug Enforcement Administration also labels marijuana as a “Schedule I” substance, which the agency classifies as “the most dangerous” type of drug.)
Beth Curtis admits that her brother did indeed import, at huge profits, an “extraordinary” amount of marijuana over the years — hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. But Curtis also doesn’t believe her brother deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars for transacting in a drug that is now legal in several parts of the country.