Asst. Principal Held After Pot Bust

Asst. Principal Held After Pot Bust

There are 53 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Nov 2, 2007, titled Asst. Principal Held After Pot Bust. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

The assistant principal of a Virginia elementary school has been arrested on charges of growing marijuana.

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Paula Dorfman

Opa Locka, FL

#1 Nov 2, 2007
Jinny and Lenny are my aunt and uncle and are wonderful people. Nothing was being grown to sell. It's a defamation of character to accuse them of intent to deal drugs. There is no proof of that but it sure does make a good news story! Marijuana is a way of relaxing, just like having a glass of wine. Alcohol is far more detrimental to society than marijuana is but it's legal. We tell our kids not to do drugs, but drinking's okay. Is alcohol not a drug? I'd rather my kids smoke pot than drink any day. I've never heard of a stoned driving accident. Alcohol's legal and so should be marijuana. If you disagree you're an ignorant hypocrite. If you do agree than give my aunt and uncle a break. They're upstanding citizens who were doing what they did in the privacy of their own home.

Since: Jul 07

Atlanta (Peachtree City)

#2 Nov 2, 2007
"Leonard Marsh was charged with manufacturing marijuana and his wife was charged with possession"

I don't see any charges about distribution or intent to sell.

Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all.
JMO

United States

#3 Nov 2, 2007
Paula Dorfman wrote:
Jinny and Lenny are my aunt and uncle and are wonderful people. Nothing was being grown to sell. It's a defamation of character to accuse them of intent to deal drugs. There is no proof of that but it sure does make a good news story! Marijuana is a way of relaxing, just like having a glass of wine. Alcohol is far more detrimental to society than marijuana is but it's legal. We tell our kids not to do drugs, but drinking's okay. Is alcohol not a drug? I'd rather my kids smoke pot than drink any day. I've never heard of a stoned driving accident. Alcohol's legal and so should be marijuana. If you disagree you're an ignorant hypocrite. If you do agree than give my aunt and uncle a break. They're upstanding citizens who were doing what they did in the privacy of their own home.
"Upstanding citizens" don't grow pot in their homes.

Most parents don't want pot-growers for assistant principal at their kids' schools.

It's illegal - regardless of your opinion.
Mr Rork

Atlanta, GA

#4 Nov 2, 2007
"Leonard Marsh was charged with manufacturing marijuana and his wife was charged with possession.

Detectives said they found a marijuana growing operation and packaged marijuana inside the couple's Fairfax Station house. "

If they were not intending to sell then why package it? I know people that were locked up for "LOOKING HIGH". Not trying to be funny but it sounds like the assistant principal wanted "HIGHER EDUCATION". I totally agree with the whole alcohol legal issue vs. effects of cannabis but, the fact still remains it is illegal.
Donna Brayleigh

Falls Church, VA

#6 Nov 2, 2007
I, like most informed citizens certainly advocate the reform of the marijuana laws and the need for legal , medicinal marijuana but for a man in his position to put himself in a situation such as this is just poor judgement. It is unfortunate that they got busted but I cannot help but wonder how they got busted if they were only growing for private use. If they were only growing in a closet there couldn't have been too much volume, even if it were just for personal it would have to be packaged just to be stored properly. Is there any more information about this story?
Angela

Blacksburg, VA

#7 Nov 3, 2007
As wrong as his actions may have been, Leonard Marsh, who was my sixth grade teacher (I am now a senior at Virginia Tech), is to this day, one of the best teachers I have ever had. I sincerely hope that this arrest does not ruin his career.
Gail

Alpharetta, GA

#8 Nov 3, 2007
Angela wrote:
As wrong as his actions may have been, Leonard Marsh, who was my sixth grade teacher (I am now a senior at Virginia Tech), is to this day, one of the best teachers I have ever had. I sincerely hope that this arrest does not ruin his career.
It won't be the arrest that ruins his career, it will be his own actions. Had he not been breaking the law he would not have been arrested.
agree

United States

#9 Nov 3, 2007
Regardless of how nice they are or what good people they are they broke the law. Everyone knows it's illegal to possess it.
Sparky

Venice, FL

#10 Nov 3, 2007
It's only illegal because the masses continue to either demonize people for doing it, or they're apathetic, and say "Oh well, it's not my problem." Oh, and they demonize anyone who questions the government.

I don't understand why more people aren't pushing for policies that have been proven to reduce crime and drug use, keep drugs out of the hands of kids, disrupt the black markets, and help seriously addicted people to get treatment. The approach of the last 37 years has been extremely counterproductive in all of those areas, and quite expensive.

This guy and his wife's life have been ruined because he had a few plants at home in his closet. I guess it's a good thing Rosa Parks didn't just say, "Oh well, it's the law."

We're raising a generation of kids to be accepting of a cruel police state, and conveying the idea that moral outrage is wrong. Things are only going to get much, much worse if we keep going down this path -- and not just for people who do drugs.
http://www.mpp.org/site/c.glKZLeMQIsG/b.14952...
Fritz

Morristown, TN

#11 Nov 3, 2007
big deal. its just marijuana. its good that he was part of the just say no campaign, because drugs are bad. but like the gov of california said " its not a drug, its a leaf". marijuana is something put on this earth by god. and it causes no harm. there have been no studies to prove that it is bad for you. obviously smoking a joint can mess with your lungs, but that is because of the paper that you smoke it with. not the marijuana. you can use a vaporizer or a bong. or even put it in food. the government makes marijuana illegal because it makes people think. and our government loves to control what we think. so big deal the VP grew weed, he wasnt selling it to the kids, and didnt tell the kids to smoke it. he did nothing wrong.
Fritz

Morristown, TN

#12 Nov 3, 2007
"I guess it's a good thing Rosa Parks didn't just say, "Oh well, it's the law."

I Love that.
There is nothing wrong in questioning the government.
Our government is getting more and more like a dictatorship.
Who

Airdrie, UK

#13 Nov 3, 2007
Paula Dorfman wrote:
Jinny and Lenny are my aunt and uncle and are wonderful people. Nothing was being grown to sell. It's a defamation of character to accuse them of intent to deal drugs. There is no proof of that but it sure does make a good news story! Marijuana is a way of relaxing, just like having a glass of wine. Alcohol is far more detrimental to society than marijuana is but it's legal. We tell our kids not to do drugs, but drinking's okay. Is alcohol not a drug? I'd rather my kids smoke pot than drink any day. I've never heard of a stoned driving accident. Alcohol's legal and so should be marijuana. If you disagree you're an ignorant hypocrite. If you do agree than give my aunt and uncle a break. They're upstanding citizens who were doing what they did in the privacy of their own home.
What planet do you live on? You've never heard of someone being stoned and getting into an accident? Come on you surely don't live that deeply underground.
Sparky

Venice, FL

#14 Nov 3, 2007
Who wrote:
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What planet do you live on? You've never heard of someone being stoned and getting into an accident? Come on you surely don't live that deeply underground.
I doubt many people have a problem with laws against driving stoned. There's been enough research that shows being extremely stoned can slow your reaction times as much being legally drunk -- even if people are more likely to slow down and be careful after smoking pot. As long as the law is based on science, and doesn't merely penalize someone for having trace amounts in their system, I wouldn't argue with it.
Almostperfect

Greenbelt, MD

#15 Nov 3, 2007
I too wonder if there is more to this than the press reports. Is is possible they were using it to ease the effects of Chemo. Wouldn't the world be great if everyone was perfect.
The Man

Marietta, GA

#16 Nov 3, 2007
The Man says, "Man who sits on toilet is high on pot!"
Mitchy

Thomaston, GA

#17 Nov 3, 2007
I will not comment too much on this subject, but they really should make this herb legal. I don't see anything wrong with it that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

And another thing, people would not have to go the doctor for every little ailment as much if they were into herbs. They won't legalize marijuana because doctors and pharmacist would be out a job. People wouldn't have a need for them anymore, because their medicine is in their back yard or in this guys case in his closet.

“ Keep On Truckin”

Since: Sep 07

Conyers

#18 Nov 3, 2007
Well, everyone that`s into marijuana agree that it should be legal. Personally I never was the one to like. But to each it`s own.
Californian

Healdsburg, CA

#19 Nov 3, 2007
The best teachers will all experiment with altered states legal and/or illegal in one form or another at some point.
Enlightenment=Knowledge=Power
Almostperfect

Greenbelt, MD

#20 Nov 3, 2007
I really do not know the FACTS in this case. So I cannot judge, or commit.
Paula Dorfman

United States

#21 Nov 4, 2007
Who wrote:
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What planet do you live on? You've never heard of someone being stoned and getting into an accident? Come on you surely don't live that deeply underground.
On my planet we have an amazing resource called the internet which affords us the ability to peruse endless amounts of information. I have been unable to locate a single scientific study on my internet which demonstrates that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes. If you can find any scientifically proven evidence on your planet, please enlighten me.

As far as the legality, yes it's illegal. So is having sex in anything other than the missionary position Washington D.C. and Maryland. And if you've engaged in oral sex in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia or Washington D.C., you have broken the law.

Finally, it is so true that growing a marijuana plant could only be for profit. Who in their right mind would grow a vegetable or flower garden simply for their own use? That's just ludicrous.

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