By Lucy Steigerwald
It's about time for another drug war tale of a kid ratting out his parents because of their weed stash! ABCnews.com has the story.
A Hastings, Minn., boy snapped a picture that showed about two pounds worth of high grade marijuana sitting on his mother and stepfather's dresser, according to police.
The preteen, who police did not identify, reportedly confronted his mother, Heidi Christine Siebenaler, who is a Dakota County probation supervisor, about the smell, which he told police was so pungent he "was unable to escape [it] without going outside."
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Siebenaler allegedly told her son that marijuana use is "not that bad," a criminal complaint stated.
The boy, who police called "mature for his age," forwarded the picture to his biological father who turned it over to authorities.
Do you know who else told their child that marijuana use wasn't that bad? My mom. Not because she was tokin' and homeschoolin' but because she knew the drug war was an an insane waste of money, time, and lives. (I was extremely weirded out by this idea initially, which means that anti-drug propaganda can somehow reach people who were homeschooled in the Pennsylvania countryside by libertarians.)
Basically, this could be the fault of DARE training — certainly a DARE mentality — or actually negligent parents who were asphyxiating their child with reefer smoke, or this could be an opportunistic and/or uptight bio-dad. The kicker is that the boy's step-father — who, by the way, says it's for medical use because he suffered a traumatic brain injury years ago, but too bad it's not legal in Minnesota — is being charged with possession (of eight pounds of marijuana) and intent to distribute. In Minnesota, the possession charges can bring up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Obviously there's further penalties tacked on for the latter charge. The mom is being charged with 5th degree possession. She says she didn't even know it was in the house.
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The boy, of course, did the right thing according to drug warriors.
"He was feeling conflicted," said Dan Bianconi, a sergeant with the Dakota County Drug Task Force who was part of the team that executed the warrant. "He didn't take any pride in this."..."He knows he did the right thing."
And here's the local Fox affiliate:
"What's sad is our community corrections folks see people come in every day who are involved in drugs and alcohol. That's probably what got them in trouble in the first place -- and to not have the sensitivity about that, and to go down the same path that one sees every day in court is disconcerting for us," said Washington County Attorney Peter Orcut.
Orcut said prosecutors will not discount the case just because marijuana is legal for medicinal use in other states, saying the amount of marijuana that was confiscated makes it a serious case.