Despite the fact that marijuana is legal in Colorado and medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, there are still hundreds of marijuana convicts sitting in American jails. An even crazier reality is that 25 of those prisoners are serving life sentences for marijuana convictions.
One particular story has captured my attention, because the prisoner-for-life hails from my home state of Indiana. In 2004, James Romans, a 42-year old divorced father of three from Indianapolis, was struggling to pay the bills with low-wage construction jobs. That is, until his childhood friends made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: if he would help them distribute marijuana shipped in from Mexico, he’d have no problem paying his bills.