22
Aug

Investigators: 2 young girls living in Florida grow house

A Collier County father is behind bars busted for growing marijuana in the same home where his two young children lived with him.

Investigators say 40-year-old Carlos Antunez built an elaborate grow house at his Golden Gate Estates home off Wilson Boulevard.

Detectives served a search warrant there Thursday.

According to the incident report the search warrant turned up 20 mature marijuana plants and 10 thousand dollars in growing equipment.

The incident report also says Antunez admitted his daughters, ages 10 and 7 years old, were living here.

Should Antunez be carted off to prison, his daughters may actually be at greater risk for drug abuse than if they literally slept on a bed of marijuana leaves in their father’s house (in actuality, the offending plants were located in a shed on the family’s property). A lack of parental supervision or guidance, as MedicineNet explains, is one of the greatest contributing factors for teen substance abuse:

Family risk factors for teenagers engaging in drug abuse include low parent supervision or communication, family conflicts, inconsistent or severe parental discipline, and family history of alcohol or drug abuse. 

While it’s undoubtedly irresponsible for a father to operate a criminal enterprise out of his home, it’s also true that many prescription drugs pose greater health risks than marijuana. In fact, one could argue that any variety of common household items pose greater risk to a young woman’s safety considering that 0 people die annually from cannabis use.

I don’t believe Mr. Antunez will soon receive any parenting awards, but it is unjust and shortsighted to call for his imprisonment. His daughters, should they grow up without a father, would be more susceptible to drug abuse (not to mention all sorts of financial and psychological difficulties) and would be counted among the many unintended victims of our nation’s irrational drug laws.

26
Feb

Police raid home of wheelchair-bound woman suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Robert Jordan, 64, told the Bradenton Herald on Monday that he had just awoke from a nap in his easy chair when he saw two deputies approach his house with drawn guns.

“I ran out and said, ‘What are you doing here?’ ” Jordan said. “They said, ‘We have probable cause. You are growing marijuana.’ I said, ‘It’s medicine for my wife. I know people use that as an excuse, but this is true.’”

Jordan said he finally agreed to sign a document allowing authorities to walk through to check if they were operating a “grow house.”

Cathy Jordan, who has had Lou Gehrig’s Disease since 1986 and is wheelchair-bound, uses the herb for medicinal reasons. She has advocated for the legalization of medical cannabis in Florida for 16 years.

A piece of legislation, called the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, is being proposed by Florida Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth. And a poll, conducted for People United for Medical Marijuana showed 56 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats and independents support the amendment…

26
Mar

The ‘stand the ground,’ as they’re called, laws are opposed by law enforcement and opposed by prosecutors. And there’s another issue, which I didn’t read very much about. The shooter, this guy Zimmerman, how could he have had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, a loaded gun in the first place? Because long before he shot Trayvon Martin, he was arrested for attacking a police officer and was the subject of a court order to prevent domestic violence.

But unfortunately, in Florida, the gun laws are very lax. And unfortunately, law-enforcement officials have never been able to revoke this guy’s license to carry a loaded gun in public.

27
Jan

Gingrich is an important figure. Regardless of what happens in Florida and beyond, he will be remembered as the man who brought the Reagan Revolution to Congress. Yet it will also be recorded that Newt compared the Great Reagan to Neville Chamberlain, dismissed Reaganomics as flawed and called Reagan’s approach to the Soviet Union an utter failure a few years before the U.S.S.R. was relegated to the dustbin of history.

These unpleasant facts do not stop Newt from trying to embrace the same policies he once denounced (one wonders if he even remembers the contradictions at this point), but that’s what makes my former colleague so fascinating. And so troubling.

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