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Quadriplegic man smokes pot, goes to jail, dies.

“I’m not saying that he shouldn’t have been punished, because he did smoke the marijuana,” his mother, Mary Scott, said yesterday, a day after burying her son. “I just don’t think it should have cost him his life.”

That’s the story in today’s Washington Post.

Jonathan Magbie, a 27-year-old Mitchellville man, was sent to jail in the District last week for 10 days for marijuana possession.

He never made it home.

Paralyzed as a child and unable to even breathe on his own, Magbie died last Friday after being shuttled between the D.C. jail complex and Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

At the center of the many questions surrounding his death is whether D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Department of Corrections did enough to ensure adequate care for the quadriplegic inmate.

An investigation is underway, but that is little solace to his family, which marched on the courthouse this week with signs accusing the judge of killing Magbie.

The pre-sentencing report had recommended probation.

[thanks to Paul]

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