The AP reports:
LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. -- Authorities have charged a 30-year-old New York woman with endangering the welfare of a child after police say her toddler wandered into an upstate road clutching a bag of marijuana.
Police in the hamlet of Loch Sheldrake say Lakeisha Owens was sleeping in her apartment around 5 p.m. Saturday when her 3-year-old daughter was nearly struck by a vehicle.
Officials say the driver pulled over, removed the child from the road and called police. Authorities say the girl was holding a bag containing 15 grams of marijuana.
Police said Tuesday that Owens was released after her arrest on the misdemeanor charge. Authorities didn't know if she had a lawyer, and there was no phone listing for her in Loch Sheldrake, located 85 miles northwest of New York City.
Anyone here think that Ms. Owens was just "sleeping?" Think maybe she got stoned, and while zonked out, her 3-year old took mommy's baggie and wanted to find out what happens when you play in the street?
You can say that simple possession and use of marijuana are harmless, and you'll make a point -- if you're willing to ignore this and numerous similar stories. At some point, though, somebody's 3 year-old isn't going to be as lucky as this one. It's then that I want to hear more from the "victimless crime" crowd.