Is Toddler Pot Smoking as Bad as Endangerment?

MarijuanaWhich is worse: Teaching your toddler to smoke pot, or locking them in a car alone so that you can smoke your dope in peace?

The answer is a big obvious NEITHER, but unfortunately the ridiculous question presents itself based on two recent news stories.

In the first, a 21-year-old mother in Ohio, Jessica Gamble, was arrested for teaching her 2-year-old daughter to smoke pot.

She got caught because she was diligent enough to record the whole education session with her cell phone.

That is your brain on drugs.


Gamble's daughter was placed in the custody of The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In the second case, 43-year-old Karen Edelmann of New York left her 1-year-old toddler in a car outside for more than 40 minutes, so she could get high without interruption.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, marijuana possession, and resisting arrest. The child was placed in the father's custody.

On one hand at least Edelmann didn't expose her child to dangerous smoke and perhaps start her on a lifelong drug habit.

Then again, the things that can happen to a child left alone in a car can pose many more dangers than a puff of pot might.

I'm torn.

Of course, it really doesn't matter which is worse, just that both are sad and tragic tales that pop up too often in the news reflecting the desperate lives some children in this country are born into when parents can't seem to put their children first.

As the prosecutor in Gamble's case said: "There are just some people who should never have children."

Which do you think is worse: Teaching a child to smoke pot or leaving them alone in a car?

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