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December 2, 2005

Parsley is a Crime

by Eric

Don’t carry a bag of parsley around. Don’t pretend it’s marijuana. Don’t play a prank on your friends. If you do, in the state of Florida, you are breaking the law and subject to criminal penalties. According to the Daytona Beach News:

Two Flagler County elementary school pupils were arrested last week after pretending a plastic bag of parsley was marijuana.

An arrest report by Cpl. Don Apperson, a school resource deputy with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, said the two girls, each 10-year-old pupils at Old Kings Elementary School, were showing classmates a plastic bag with a green leafy substance they said was marijuana.

School officials learned of the alleged bag of marijuana and called the girls into a conference with their parents. The girls admitted they did not have marijuana and said that the bag of parsley, which they brought to school in their book bags, was a prank, the report said.

Well, that certainly seems appropriate to me. Let’s arrest two 10 year old girls for a prank. That is certainly going to do something about the “drug epidemic”. Why were they arrested, you may wonder (I certainly did)?

The girls were charged under a state law that makes it a crime to claim that a substance is a drug — whether or not the item is intended for sale or distribution, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debra Johnson. They were taken to the Flagler County Inmate Facility and later released to their parents.

Well, that certainly makes it all better. Pretending that something is a drug as a 10 year old’s prank is heinous, an absolutely unconscionable act. We can’t have these 10 year old girls running around doing this sort of thing. But it was just pretend marijuana, you protest? Yes, but we all know where that leads, don’t we? It’s inevitable that they’ll move on to harder pranks. Next comes generic aspirin masquerading as speed. And, before you know it, they’ll be pranking their friends with cornstarch “heroin”. The parsley is just an entry level prank, I tell you! It’s a slippery slope indeed.

And what happened to these girls? Aside from being arrested, booked and placed in a jail, at least temporarily.

The girls were also suspended from school and ordered to attend drug awareness classes.

Good call guys. The Drug War is all but won now!

H/T:Tim Cavanaugh @ Hit and Run

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4 Comments

  1. Those girls dodged a bullet I tell ya. If they didn’t get caught an punished they might have really gone wrong and ended up on America’s Most ..no scratch that. They might have ended up on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

    Comment by Difster — December 3, 2005 @ 1:04 am
  2. Yeah, I know marijuana is illegal, and cigarettes are not, but it sure seems to me that this is much akin to the “pretending” we all did as kids – I even remember when cigarette shaped candies were sold and we pretended to “smoke” them. I was an asthmatic kid who wouldn’t have ever dared to smoke – second hand smoke made me sick – yet I was a kid too and thought it fun to pretend.

    Comment by Kay — December 3, 2005 @ 4:04 am
  3. Saturday At The Liberty Papers

    There are several great posts up over at The Liberty Papers that are worth checking out.

    Trackback by Below The Beltway — December 3, 2005 @ 6:31 am
  4. We all did that. We pretended we were smoking cigarettes. Or, we played being grownups and drinking booze. Why do kids pretend those things? Because we have made them forbidden, and thus exciting.

    Comment by Eric — December 3, 2005 @ 8:52 am

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