The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to reverse the 2012 marijuana possession conviction of a Madison county resident. Marvin Carver was sentenced to 6 years in prison for being the passenger in a car that held a large quantity of illegal marijuana in the trunk. He was unaware his half-brother, who was driving and owned the car, even had the cannabis in the vehicle. Both men explained clearly to the police that Mr. Carter had no knowledge of the cannabis and that it was not his. Do you agree with the court’s findings?
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court is reversing a marijuana possession conviction, saying a car passenger didn’t actually possess the drug.
The court on Thursday overturned the 2012 conviction of Marvin Carver in Madison County on a 7-0 vote.
Carver had been sentenced to six years in prison.
Justice Leslie King writes that prosecutors never proved that Carver knew about or intended to possess the large quantity of marijuana that was in the trunk of his half-brother’s rental car.
The half-brother, Nicholas Ingram, told police that the marijuana belonged only to him after he was pulled over by a state trooper.
King writes that just being close to the marijuana isn’t enough to make Carver responsible for it, especially because he didn’t own the car.