By "Radical" Russ Belville
(Digital Journal) Hesperia – A California couple were arrested after San Bernadino County Sheriff’s department received a tip from an individual who had a video of the parents allegedly allowing their 23-month-old child to smoke from a marijuana pipe.
“(The video) depicts the child placing the (pipe) up to his mouth and he sucks on it, pulls it away, sucks on it, pulls it way. And it’s done about three times,” said Deputy Lisa Guerra of the Hesperia station. “And the pipe does have some marijuana residue in it,” according to the Victorville Daily Press.
Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lisa Guerra, of the Hesperia division, received a tip Saturday that 20-year-old Melanie Soliz and 24-year-old Blake James Hightower were abusive to their child and had given the toddler marijuana. The police were able to confirm the allegations that the child was indeed smoking what appeared to be drug pipe after viewing the video and were then able to locate the pipe after a search of the residence, reports the Daily Press.
I’m having difficulty pinning the stupid in this story – do I mock the stupid that leads a young couple to get their 2-year-old a pipeful of pot to smoke or do I mock the stupid that leads them to video record it or do I mock the stupid that has them giving this video recording to a third party who narcs them out? It’s like a triple scoop of stupid on this sundae.
These parents will likely be charged with some form of child abuse / endangerment / cruelty and may have to serve time. Their child will be taken from them for a time. Prohibitionists will seize the moment to demonstrate why the herb should remain illegal (with a hint of irony, considering prohibition didn’t stop this moment from happening).
Meanwhile, parents all across North America will consume beer and wine and spirits, often leaving their bottles and glasses in easy reach of the children. Many pictures will be taken and videos will be filmed – like the one below – and you won’t read any headlines about those parents going to court.
I’m not saying parents should be giving their young child cannabis or alcohol without a good medical reason. I’m just saying there is a inexcusable double standard at work.