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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 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.

Don Niederfrank August 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Frank, et al., I'm a recovering addict. Marijuana was my drug of choice. You're right about it not being addictive in-and-of-itself. But alcoholism/addiction run in my family and so my response to discovering my child beginning to use any mind/mood altering substance would be to raise the consequences in an effort to stop the behavior. Of course, I would not want him to go to prison. But calling the police would not necessarily lead to that--especially on a first arrest possession. But it may get him to go to NA meetings and save his life.
Denise Konkol August 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Here's an update to the original story that spawned this poll, with a clarification on the boy's age at the time of the arrest and the ownership of the car. Read it and tell us if this has changed anyone's opinion. http://muskego.patch.com/articles/drugs-charges-follow-man-caught-outside-underage-party
mytwocents August 31, 2012 at 07:55 PM
...."...when a child breaks a serious enough law...." That's just plain stupid.
mytwocents August 31, 2012 at 08:00 PM
"serious enough" is the key phrase here. And whether or not pot possession is "serious" or not is an opinion. We know where you stand. But most of the posters here don't consider pot possession as live threatening as you apparently do. You need a serious lesson in risk assessment. There are soooo many things that are much more life-threatening than smoking pot. Go ahead; turn your kid in for texting while driving. Now THAT IS "serious enough."
fred September 28, 2012 at 04:17 AM
i dont think smoking pot is a problem im a college student have a job and it doesnt affect my school work or my work there are more dangerous drugs out there that people should be worried about aspirin is perfectly legal but if u take to many itll kill u.

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