Senate Considers Marijuana, Kids Bill

Senate Considers Marijuana, Kids Bill
Posted by CN Staff on February 20, 2007 at 07:06:32 PT
By Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal
Nevada -- Nevada parents who grow a single marijuana plant in their home where children live could be subject to a prison term of up to 15 years, according to a bill that was debated Monday at the Nevada Legislature.Senate Bill 5, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Heck, R-Las Vegas, would subject parents who grow or sell marijuana in the presence of children to the same penalties as adults who operate methamphetamine labs in front of children.
Lawmakers approved a bill in 2005 that created tough prison sentences for people who cook meth, or manufacture or sell any illegal drugs in the presence of children as a way to fight the meth epidemic that many lawmakers say is sweeping Nevada.Selling and growing marijuana was left out of the 2005 legislation, so now, Heck wants to include it."You are exposing children to dangers when you are selling any illegal substance out of your house or growing any illegal substance out of your house, so you should be held to the higher penalties," Heck told the Senate Human Services and Education Committee."If a guy has a couple of (marijuana) plants in there (now), he could be out in a week," Heck said. "But if there is a child present, with this, now he could serve five to 15 years for exposing that child to the dangers of this activity."Members of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and the Clark County Public Defenders office said the bill needs to be re-written to exclude parents who grow small amounts of marijuana."The way the bill is currently drafted states that someone could be growing marijuana for their personal use and not for the purposes of distributing it, selling it or engaging in drug trafficking and they would be treated as if they were engaged in those activities," said Gary Peck, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. Snipped:Complete Article: Reno Gazette-Journal (NV)Author: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-JournalPublished: February 20, 2007Copyright: 2007 Reno Gazette-JournalWebsite: CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #8 posted by OverwhelmSam on February 20, 2007 at 15:41:04 PT
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Comment #7 posted by rchandar on February 20, 2007 at 11:52:44 PT:
Listen, guys...
...I've read these boards for years, watched news on TV just like you have, all that stuff. And here is my picture......most of the "drug-growing dads" are basically responsible citizens. Some of them are Mexican mafia-tied, but those are ties usually formed out of necessity in Mexico, not out of blood-lust for violence and carnage. A lot of your soon-to-be-locked up dads are retired servicemen, auto workers, CITIZENS. This bill MUST NOT go unopposed because it is simply way out of kilter with the REAL picture of what we would be DESTROYING: a family. And any state which practices such exceptionalism should change its laws. There is just NO basis for 15 years, it is unacceptable.
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Comment #6 posted by rchandar on February 20, 2007 at 11:43:18 PT:
This Bill is a Whopper of a Disaster!!!
NO part of this bill should be allowed to pass. It is the kind of legislation that targets families, so it has no moral/ethical basis at all.The only justifying assumption that I can see are these two: that all these grower dads (moms) are abusing their children, or that a pot growroom literally means that the parents are indoctrinating their kids about how good marijuana is. Either way, the bill is scandalous, worthless, and absolutely contrary to both legal process and any concept of family. If I can take away your father for 15 years because he had a growroom, tell me what example am I setting? So the government has yet another way to poke its head into what is a private domain, separate children from their parents.The bill assumes that drug growing dads are evil men, and we KNOW that nothing is farther from the truth. PLEASE, PLEASE, get something going so that we don't ruin families in Nevada in this absurd manner.--rchandar
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on February 20, 2007 at 08:04:14 PT
work with me....
here's the idea, we develop a schedule system for house plants.Schedule 1 houseplants: Cannabis; harmless but, of course, there is no use for it. Cactus; high potential for poking yourself plus they are of no use. Philodendron; leaves are poisonous, Poinsettia, poisonousSchedule 2 houseplants: Orchids; dangerous due to the high cost which could lead to violence, Rose; high potential for poking yourself but, limited use in domestic relations.Please feel free to work on this very important issue with me. We can't just leave this issue unregulated and unlegislated. C'mon, it's for the children!
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Comment #4 posted by cannaman on February 20, 2007 at 07:56:27 PT
Catch me if you can!
Let them try to catch me I have been growing for years and years. Catch me if you can im the gingerbread man! Ha Ha 
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Comment #3 posted by dongenero on February 20, 2007 at 07:41:48 PT
don't expose children to house plants
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on February 20, 2007 at 07:20:14 PT
Selling alcohol and tobacco to pregnant women with a fetus in the womb? LEGAL!
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 20, 2007 at 07:15:28 PT
Draconian law for the kiddies
Then the kids lose their parents to prison.What about those bottles of alcohol in the cabinet.Really stupid and insensative law.
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