Tuesday, June 15, 2004

But Possessing The Pot Is Okay?

That's the question I asked myself after reading this brief in today's local paper (names of the guilty minors have been modified to protect them from further embarrassment and ridicule):

"Five teens were accused over the weekend of smoking marijuana in front of a 5 year old and a 9 year old in a village home on May 28, village police said Monday.

Paige, 16, of Village Ave; Joshua, 16, of Circus Street; Joshua, 16, of South Avenue; and an unidentified boy and girl, both 15, were all charged Friday and Saturday with unlawfully dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

All five teens will answer the charges in village court."

They were arrested and charged because they smoked the pot in front of young children, not because they actually were in possession of the illegal substance. Huh?!? I can only assume that the charge of unlawfully dealing with a child carries a heavier punishment. And that makes me again say, huh?!?

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