No child likes doing household chores. But for four children in Washington state, their chores allegedly included helping their parents grow marijuana. One of the kids got tired of doing it and turned her parents into police.
When police raided the family's home last week, they found 64 pot plants in the basement. The couple, whose names have not been released, showed police paperwork allowing them to use and grow marijuana for medical purposes. However, the amount found in the home was at least double what could be considered necessary for their care, said Everett police Lt. Mark St. Clair, a member of the drug task force.
No charges have been filed yet, but they are under investigation for violation of state drug laws.
They could also face charges for allegedly involving their children. According to the search warrant affidavit, the 13-year-old girl who brought the growing operation to the attention of authorities said she was “tired of always smelling like marijuana.”
The girl told officials at her school, who contacted police. She said her responsibilities included mixing the soil with fertilizer, trimming the leaves, watering the plants and to “pot them up,” according to court papers. She also said she believed her dad was selling marijuana to his friends.
The girl said her 12-year-old brother helped tend to the plants more than she did.
An older stepsister told a Child Protective Services worker that her friends aren’t allowed to come to the front door and must wait a block away to meet her. She said she hated growing marijuana and that her father recently gave her $10 for helping mix potting soil.
It is illegal in Washington for anyone under 18 to be involved in growing marijuana.
The children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services as the investigation continues.