A 21-year-old woman is accused of forcing her 2-year-old daughter to smoke marijuana.
Jessica Gamble of Roselawn is held at the Hamilton County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. She faces one count of corrupting another with drugs.Of course this shouldn't be a crime, as we all know drug laws are inherently racist. It's just a life-style choice! Is it any wonder that the NAACP considers the legalization of marijuana a Civil Rights issue?:
Gamble forced the child to smoke the drug on June 12 at a residence in the 7400 block of Edgemont Drive, according to the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.
Video of the incident, captured on Gamble's cellphone, was given to Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Service, the prosecutor's office stated in a news release.
“It is unbelievable to watch on video a mother teaching her 2-year-old child how to smoke a joint," Prosecutor Joseph Deters said. "There are just some people who should never have children.”
The child has been placed with another relative while caseworkers investigate, according to Brian Gregg, spokesman for Job and Family Services.
A second person also was charged in connection with the alleged incident. Information on that suspect was not available.
Legalizing marijuana is a civil rights issue, according to one of California's most prominent African-American advocacy groups.
The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, led by President Alice Huffman, recently announced its "unconditional endorsement" for Proposition 19, a legislative initiative on the November ballot that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California.
Huffman said African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the criminalization of marijuana which makes passing the law a civil rights issue.
"We have empirical proof that the application of the marijuana laws has been unfairly applied to our young people of color," Huffman said in an official statement.
Police departments in California have made more than 60,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2008, three times more than in 1990, according to a recent study released by the Drug Policy Alliancean organization that says it promotes policies to end the war on drugs. Although blacks and Latinos make up less than 44 percent of the state's population, together both ethnic groups constitute up to 56 percent of arrests that are made for marijuana possession in California, according to the study.
Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that African-Americans use marijuana at lower rates than white Americans across the country.
The study said arrests in California are "racially-biased" and have led to a "system-wide phenomenon, occurring in every county and nearly every police department in California, and elsewhere."There exists a racial gap in marijuana arrests and this video supports why that might be: Black people get started smoking pot earlier. This might also explain why Black people get arrested at higher rates for drug usage.