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Child's Account of Marijuana Growing Ends With Parent's Jailing


February 1993

An eight-year-old child mentioned to her teacher that her stepfather was growing marijuana led to the father's arrest in their Arlington, Texas home (Karen Lincoln Michel, "Girl Tells Teacher About Parent's Marijuana: Man Jailed After Arlington School Calls Police," The Dallas Morning News, 1/14/93, 29A).

The teacher immediately called police who searched the house, seizing five marijuana plants and arresting the father, who spent the night in jail and was released after his wife posted $1,000 bond. After the incident, the child went to the school counseling clinic where she was "devastated" and in tears, according to Short Elementary School Principal Flo Jones.