Woman Facing Prison For Easing Her Chronic Pain With Marijuana


Amanda Gould has spent two months in jail for violating her DUI probation for smoking marijuana. She is a mother of four and has many ailments, for which she is prescribed heavy pain medication. She says marijuana is the only thing that helps. A Pasco judge has said she belongs in prison, and is set to sentence her Nov. 3. [WES PHIPPEN | Times]

Seated in a wheelchair and wearing a jail-issue jumpsuit, Amanda Gould felt certain the judge would release her. Her lawyer, her kids and husband thought so too.

She knew her case was complicated, knew she had messed up by violating the terms of her probation. But two months in Pasco County Jail for something that soon may be legal seemed punishment enough.

Amanda Gould has spent two months in jail for violating her DUI probation for smoking marijuana. She is a mother of four and has many ailments, for which she is prescribed heavy pain medication. She says marijuana is the only thing that helps. A Pasco judge has said she belongs in prison, and is set to sentence her Nov. 3. [WES PHIPPEN | Times]
Amanda Gould has spent two months in jail for violating her DUI probation for smoking marijuana. She is a mother of four and has many ailments, for which she is prescribed heavy pain medication. She says marijuana is the only thing that helps. A Pasco judge has said she belongs in prison, and is set to sentence her Nov. 3. [WES PHIPPEN | Times]
In August, during a regular drug screening for a 2013 DUI conviction, she’d tested positive for marijuana. She says it’s the only thing that eases her pain and allows her to function as a mother.

Weeks later, at a hearing Oct. 8, Circuit Judge William Webb held a stack of papers with Gould’s medical history. A probation officer had recommended that her probation continue.



“I think that’s a waste of time,” the judge said. “It’s pretty clear to me from this report that she likes drugs and she’s not going to stop using them no matter what.”

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