Here, a father faces 55 years in jail on a pot-related charge -- and you have to wonder how different the punishments are in marijuana cases when it's a judge deciding punishment instead of a jury.
In federal marijuana cases, the judge sentences the defendant. Juries don't punish. In Texas, juries do decide punishment. We have bifurcated trials, like lots of states do. IMHO, jurors can be very reasonable people and Jurors DON'T have to agree to follow the law BEFORE they are selected. They only have to follow it AFTER they are selected. If a Juror says he/she will NOT follow the law and consider a ridiculous sentence during Voire Dire, that juror is disqualified and goes home. I've seen entire panels of jurors disqualified because the prosecutor overcharged the crime. This DOES happen in the real world where juries impose the sentence. Jury sentencing is the ONLY way to stop the mandatory minimum sentencing, IMO.