POLL: Would You Turn in Your Child for Marijuana Possession?
Balancing the lesson taught by dealing with law enforcement against the consequences of having drug possession on their child's record is the dilemma facing parents.
The arrest of an 18-year-old in Muskego for marijuana possession sparked a conversation on Patch about the responsibility of parents in relation to their child’s drug use.
In this particular case, the teen wouldn’t let police search his car despite their suspicions, but when his mother arrived she gave the go-ahead and the man was arrested and charged with marijuana possession.
Commenters raised both sides of the argument on behalf of the mother. Was she a good parent for refusing to cover for her son’s lawbreaking behavior? Or was she a bad parent for saddling her young adult son with a misdemeanor charge that could impact college and/or job prospects? (Or should she have had any say in the fate of her legally adult child?)
Tell us how you would handle this — or how you already have. Vote in our poll and then participate in the discussion on the pros and cons of turning in your child for marijuana possession.