The past few weeks, we have been seeing news stories about people getting arrested for using marijuana around babies or young children and even for letting a tot smoke a joint. Stories like these are just hard to ignore. They are disconcerting and truly upsetting, because people like them are giving cannabis a bad name and these are the sort of cases that hinder support for cannabis reforms.
Take a look at these cases and tell us if you don’t find yourself shaking your head.
North Carolina mom makes baby smoke pot in Facebook video
A 20-year-old mother from Raleigh, North Carolina was arrested last week after showing a video of her one-year-old baby smoking marijuana. The video was posted on Facebook and became viral.
Brianna Ashanti Lofton was charged with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to possession of marijuana and delinquency.
It was also found that Lofton has been on supervised probation due to other pending cases against her. Moreover, there is said to be evidence of at least two separate occasions that this thing happened with the baby.
If convicted, Lofton could face up to 17 years in prison. Meanwhile, the court has ordered that she has no contact with her child, who was places with protective services.
More recently, Lofton’s boyfriend, Allan Maldonado, was also arrested and charged with two counts of contributing to a minor’s delinquency and two counts of simple marijuana possession.
Texas mom uses weed and opiates before giving birth in the toilet
A young mother from Harris County in Texas was arrested and charged for failing to seek medical attention right after giving birth to her baby in a bathroom.
Stephanie Annette Brock was sitting on the toilet when her baby was born. It was found that she was using opiates and weed right before she gave birth.
The 21-year-old brand-new mom was charged with injury to a child.
Alabama mom and friend expose 5-month-old baby to weed and other drugs
Two women had been arrested by police in Florence, Alabama this week after they were caught using marijuana in the presence of a five-month-old child.
The police had been called to a home for welfare check and immediately smelled marijuana when Bonnie Moskwa opened the door. In the house with the 46-year-old Moskwa was Ashley Grigsby, 28, and a five-month-old baby. Grigsby was the child’s mother.
The two women were both charged with 2nd-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and exposing a child to narcotics.
Babysitter gets high on marijuana and neglects two children
A 24-year-old man was arrested in Houston, Texas earlier this month for falling asleep after smoking marijuana and neglecting the two young children he was babysitting. The children, aged two and four, were able to get out of the house on their own.
Police responded to reports of the children roaming the neighborhood barefoot and wearing only (dirty) diapers. The deputy had to knock on several doors until he found the children’s house.
The babysitter, J’levonte Johnson, told the deputy he fell asleep after smoking weed. Johnson was arrested and was charged with child endangerment.
Indiana Mom and boyfriend administer cannabis to 10-month-old baby to treat broken leg
Indiana police arrested a couple for giving a 10-month-old baby girl cannabis to treat her broken leg.
The baby’s mother, Tessa Rose Murray, and her boyfriend, Nerrell McCoy, were arrested and have been charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent.
Murray took her daughter to the hospital last year for dislocated femur fracture. Soon after the baby was admitted, the hospital notified the authorities.
During questioning, the 23-year-old mother claimed that her baby daughter fell off the sofa and broke her leg. She later changed her account and stated that the baby was injured when another child pulled on her daughter’s leg as she fell from a bed.
The police then secured a warrant to check Murray’s phone records and found a text exchange between her and McCoy. In one of his messages, McCoy said the baby “needs some weed” and that she will “be good for now.”
The child was tested and came out positive for cannabis, in excess of the amount that could be contributed to second-hand smoke.