Parents with illegal grow operations should be aware that little Jimmy’s curiosity, along with his desire to be one of the cool kids, could result in one of your marijuana plants being transported to a local elementary school for a felonious installment of show-n-tell. And we do not have to tell you that a cannabis calamity of this nature is bound to put a slight damper on business.
Just ask 38-year-old Rafael Lopez and 30-year-old Yadira Lopez, who were just minding their business on Friday, which happened to be an illegal marijuana grow op, when a few officers from the Riverside County Sherriff's Department in California paid them a visit.
Apparently, earlier that morning, the couple’s eight-year-old son decided that it would be a good idea to swipe one of the pot plants growing in his backyard and take it with him to show off to his friends at Good Hope Elementary School. This, of course, was actually a very bad idea because as soon as school officials realized the boy was displaying a marijuana plant around the playground, they put in a distress call to the local authorities.
When police arrived on campus, officers inspected the plant and determined that it was in fact some of that California homegrown. When they asked the boy where he found the plant, he told them that he had snatched it out of his parent’s backyard.
Unfortunately, this is when things got slightly more complicated for Mr. and Mrs. Lopez: Shortly after the boy’s cannabis confession, officers were in route to make a bad situation even worse.
When police arrived at the Lopez home on Friday afternoon to question them about the displaced marijuana plant their son had brought school, they discovered several more plants in the bed of a truck.
The couple was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and suspicion of unlawful growing of cannabis. Four children, including the eight-year-old, were placed under the care of Child Protective Services.
It does not look like the kid's parents will be available for career day.