Thursday, November 12, 2009
14-Year-Old Girl STEALS Mother's Medical Marijuana
UHS pot arrests lead police to parent's medical grow
By TIFFANY REVELLE The Daily Journal
Updated: 11/11/2009 12:01:02 AM PST
Wyatt: teen pot problem on the rise
A 14-year-old Ukiah High School student was arrested and booked at
juvenile hall after allegedly selling marijuana she took from her
mother's medical grow to four other teens, three at the high school.
Capt. Justin Wyatt of the Ukiah Police Department said campus security
caught two 14-year-old students with less than an ounce of marijuana
apiece on school grounds at around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30.
Police found the teens allegedly bought the marijuana from the
14-year-old girl, along with another student of the same age found later
that day to be under the influence and in possession of less than an
ounce of marijuana on the campus.
"What she said was that her mom grew medical marijuana, and this was
drying in the garage," Wyatt said.
The girl had also allegedly supplied a fourth teen with marijuana before
school, off of school grounds, according to Wyatt. Police found just
more than two ounces stashed in town, Wyatt said, and the fourth teen
was booked at juvenile hall on suspicion of a felony marijuana
Police cited the teens who had less than an ounce, according to Wyatt.
The girl alleged to have sold her mother's marijuana is facing four
counts of marijuana distribution, according to Wyatt.
"We did a follow-up on where she got it, and determined it was a medical
marijuana grow that appeared to be in compliance (with state law).
Appropriate charges against the parents are being considered," Wyatt
He said the Mendocino District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case
to determine what those charges should be, possibly including
"They didn't give her permission, but it was accessible," Wyatt said.
He characterized this incident as one of the largest at UHS, but said
possession is a common occurrence.
"Marijuana is definitely a problem up there, and it's becoming a more
frequent problem," Wyatt said, adding that he's seen an increase this
He said police deal with marijuana at UHS "at least several times a
week," if not daily. In addition to possession incidents, officers help
campus security determine whether a student is under the influence of
marijuana in violation of school rules.
In an unrelated incident, Wyatt said police responded at 4:25 p.m. on
Halloween to a report that several teens were drinking and smoking
marijuana and found Loren Miller, 18, allegedly smoking with two
16-year-old boys on the steps of The Daily Journal office on South
Miller was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a
minor and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. Wyatt said the
teens weren't cited or arrested.
Tiffany Revelle can be reached at udjtr@pacific. net, or at 468-3523.
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