Billy Ray Cyrus posted a picture on Instagram of his wife Tish posing next to an enormous amount of cannabis stashed away in a vault on Feb. 15—but people who are locked up in prison for large amounts of cannabis aren’t laughing.
The image didn’t sit well with Twitter users who have family members locked up for possessing amounts over one ounce of cannabis, and some users say the post invoked white privilege. Tish Cyrus quickly defended herself and explained that the cannabis isn’t her own personal stash. “First of all… My husband @billyraycyrus is INSANE,” Tish tweeted. “Second, this picture is also insane, and third this is NOT my weed or my house! hahah. But if it was, that would be amazing for so many reasons!”
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) February 15, 2019
Per California law, individuals cannot possess more than an ounce of cannabis. Those who violate the limit may be subject to six months in prison and a $500 fine. The Cyrus family members have lived on properties in both California and Tennessee, and spend a lot of time in both states. Tennessee’s laws would have been much harsher and they could face up to a $200,000 fine.
That said, it’s not uncommon for Instagram users to post selfies of themselves next to large amounts of cannabis while touring places such as a production facility.
The Cyrus family members are definitely no strangers to cannabis—Miley Cyrus recently said her mom got her back on cannabis, and Miley’s younger sister Noah also is known to post large amounts of cannabis on Instagram. Billy Ray Cyrus has smoked cannabis for years, and even received a bong for his 57th birthday last year.
Under the court of public opinion on Twitter, #thinkbeforeyoutweet began to go viral. Even if the cannabis didn’t belong to the Cyrus family, it leads to some serious questions.