This story is absolutely shocking, and it's true. There is no Brady Bunch here.
A couple I know ended up taking in a 14-year-old boy into their home. We'll call the boy Bobby, which isn't his real name.
Bobby was taken away from his mother, Carol. Carol admitted she was Bobby's pot dealer. She said she would rather Bobby get his drugs from her as a quality control issue.
Apparently Carol was growing it at home for them both. She said if Bobby bought the marijuana on the streets, it could be laced with something deadly.
Carol's way was safer, she claimed.
Meanwhile, Bobby's dad, Mike, was out of the picture. Mike and Carol were divorced. He lived out of state.
Bobby also has a 21-year-old brother who lives on his own. We'll call the brother Greg. One day, Greg came over to Carol and Bobby's house and discovered Carol was supplying pot to Bobby.
Remember, Bobby's only 14.
So Greg called the cops on their mom. True story.
Child Protective Services came in and removed Bobby from the home. Carol was arrested. Until Mike could move back and get settled, Bobby lived with my friends. (My friends have kids in school with Bobby.)
Q: Should parents give pot to their kids to keep them safe from other drugs?
So let's flip this script a bit. Mary Jane is illegal. But what about alcohol? What if we were to insert drinking beer instead of smoking pot? Does that make the story any better?
I know a lot of people who let their children drink at home. Heck, I'm related to some. Parents justify it by saying kids are going to drink anyway, so why not keep them safe?
Q: Should parents serve kids alcohol at home to keep them from drunk driving?
Another issue is age. How young is too young? At what age should parents be giving marijuana and beer to their children. If 14 is too young, what about 16?
Does it depend on the maturity of the child? Are there special circumstances, like a graduation party or holiday that would make serving drugs and alcohol to minors acceptable?
Q: At what age should parents give their kids pot and beer?
To protect the innocent, all of the names have been changed. Also, this story took place outside of Illinois.