No One Gets Arrested for Pot Anymore…
One of the reasons many people give for not supporting Prop 19 is that it is practically legal now–no one gets arrested. A case in Ukiah, one of many, shows this isn’t true.
I’m not saying I agree with the actions of the woman in the article below but I want you to substitute in the word grapes or wine wherever the synonyms for pot appear. Would anyone have arrested this woman then? (No, I don’t think 15 year old kids smoking is healthy. I feel the same about wine. But no one would arrest this woman for having her 15 year old stay home from school, bring in the grapes, and sip some wine for a day during the grape harvest season. Yet alcohol has consistently been proven to be more addicting and more deadly than marijuana.) From the Press Democrat:
A Ukiah woman who was allegedly paying her teenaged son to harvest marijuana instead of attending school was arrested Tuesday, police said.
Dena Price, 46, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing marijuana to a minor and child endangerment, police said. She also was cited for violating the city’s ordinance against outdoor marijuana growing, according to the Ukiah Police Department.
Police were called to the Yokayo Drive residence after someone spotted 7-foot tall marijuana plants protruding above the fence. They located 15 plants outdoors and about 11 pounds of trimmed and drying marijuana in the garage, officials said.
Police said they also discovered Price’s 15-year-old son and a 21-year-old woman trimming the marijuana. The two were being paid for the work, officials said.
Price’s son had stayed home sick from school and was allowed to use marijuana from the grow, police said.
Child Protective Services was called to the scene.