A married couple in Anna, Texas have been arrested on charges of growing and selling marijuana out of their somewhat upscale home.
The news coverage of the situation is full of fear mongering and includes a punny quote from the police who stated “it was very advanced,” and “we have no doubts that it was a joint effort.”
While no firm numbers are given, it says that dozens of plants were found growing with a hydroponic system.
The couple, who have three children, are framed in the article as being accused by their neighbors of growing in order to sell to teenagers. These days I’m skeptical of any claims made by likely drug warriors as they seek to villainize, demonize, and just flat out make up stuff about people in order to punish those who are accepting of marijuana in society.
To get an idea of the area the couple lived in, Anna police Sgt. Jeff Caponera said “It is an up-and-coming middle-class neighborhood. Several law enforcement officers live in that area. Our mayor lives in that area.”
These days it’s hard to tell who consumes cannabis. For all we know, a good chunk of the neighborhood, including the mayor and some of the cops, may all be tokers.
Caponera said the couple is also involved in distribution, with a substantial client base that neighbors told investigators includes children, some as young as middle school age. Chances are good though that they weren’t actually selling to kids, but that their children’s friends were just visiting. But let’s not let that get in the way of our crusade here.
If they were selling to children, well we know how that goes when we relegate something to the black market. It’s often easier for kids to get their hands on illegal drugs than tobacco or alcohol.
Both of them were arrested at their home which is about 40 miles north of Dallas. Police aren’t sure yet how to charge them, so until then they’ve got them locked up on traffic violations.
Quoting the original news article “the couple could also face child endangerment charges because their three young children live just steps from the alleged grow site, he said” I can’t help but get the vibe that the implication here is that by somehow growing cannabis plants on the property that they’ve put their children in danger when in fact the only danger here is the illegality of a plant that is safer than any legal drug.
I’m happy to say that opinion in Texas is growing ever more favorable towards legalization of the plant, and the comments left on the article indicate a great deal of support for it.
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com