If your a curious high school student with very conservative parents, then growing marijuana in your bedroom probably isn't a good idea. A Clarksville teen learns that the hard way, when he is arrested after his father discovers marijuana plants growing in his bedroom.
The Leaf Chronicle reports, the father discovered the marijuana
after a power outage in their home in St. Bethlehem. After noticing the
breaker was tripped, he began to track down the source of the problem,
that's when he found 6 small marijuana plants growing in cups under a heat lamp behind a chair in his 17-year-old's room.
The homeowner then contacted the 17-year-old's juvenile court officer and then reported him to the police. The marijuana plants and grow equipment were confiscated, and the teen was removed from school and taken to juvenile court where he will be charged.
Clearly the father was right in being disappointed, his child was
experimenting with substances and was manufacturing it in his home. But
is this really an offense to turn him in to police and to the court to
process him as a criminal? Experimenting with substances at such an
impressionable age is bad and destructive, but an outrageous drug
related criminal record, large fines and possible jail time is far more
damaging on someone, especially when their a victim of being at a
curious, hormone driven and self finding age.
use among teens is a family and a society issue, not a court or law
issue. We need to have more faith in ourselves and find a more
productive, educational, social benefiting, responsible and caring way
to deal with the issue of drugs and our children. Tossing them jail and
giving them criminal records that haunt their future only creates more
criminals, and damages the futures of those who could have been very
valuable to society.
The outrageous myths and laws regarding marijuana
has lead to numerous arrests, criminal activity, unnecessary fear,
broken families and even turning in loved ones to the police. How long
are these myths over a harmless plant going to destroy us?
The extreme action against this teen, just shows us that even the adults in our society, need to finish growing up.