Why am I in so much trouble over a half a gram of marijuana?

ElizaPam
I got caught with a joint went to jail on $5,000 bond, and I’m doing a year probation, 96 hours of community service, and I owe $2,500 in court fees.

Why? Why is this the same level misdemeanor as assault or DUI? I didn’t hurt anyone or put anyone’s life at risk. Why is it a worse misdemeanor than vandalism? I didn’t damage anyone’s property.

Why can I legally purchase a substance that makes me rowdy, violent, depressed, angry and I can possibly overdose and die from but I’m in this much trouble over a joint?
Why am I in so much trouble over a half a gram of marijuana?
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