On June 28th of 2011, the story aired of a father who was turned in for marijuana possession, in the state of Utah, by his own teenage children. The 44-year-old father had recently separated from his wife and was being visited by his children on a Monday, when the children noticed the smell of alcohol and marijuana.
Apparently, this had been a problem developing over a length of time and, fed up, the two children decided to take matters into their own hands. When Sergeant Scott Peck arrived to answer the call to the home, the 13-year-old girl was standing outside with her father’s bag of marijuana in hand, while her 15-year-old brother waited inside.
The man was asked outside and was taken into custody, right away. One might think that his only charge would be the possession of marijuana, but in Utah, it is not that simple.
When children are exposed to drugs, by parents or by any other individual, it is considered a criminal offense. This man, charged with possession and with child endangerment, will have some serious consequences to face up to.
Marijuana is an addictive substance that individuals often try to minimize, stating that it is ‘natural’ and ‘not as bad as those other drugs.’ The sad truth is that marijuana is fast becoming one of the number one drugs that addicts seek treatment for, across the United States.
In addition, marijuana is incredibly common as a drug of choice. Relatively inexpensive and readily accessible, marijuana users are easily able to share it with young people, who quickly become lured in by the promise of relaxation and euphoria.
The side effects and the long half-life of marijuana, however, make it a dangerous drug, leading to DUI-related deaths worldwide, as it affects a person’s perception, coordination, and ability to react. This, among other marijuana-related problems, leads to strict laws protecting children from exposure to the substance.