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Amanda K Hill April 23, 2014 at 09:28 am
If its not related, its just an odd coincidence. One of the girls involved in that domestic disputeRead More had said that the baby was crying all day on Easter. I found that strange...
Richard Stebar April 23, 2014 at 09:48 am
Exactly Amanda, the night before they were arrested and it Involved a cell Phone from what I read,Read More not hurting a baby and right away Nini is talking these 2 ladies did something to the baby. If in fact it was foul Play, they will be Prosecuted, it could end up being just medical. If the baby was crying all day, maybe the Parents should have had the baby checked out though.
Amanda K Hill April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
I hope no one hurt that poor baby. However, what is raising my suspicion is that DCF took custody ofRead More the family's other children after this incident. Not sure if that was due to something revealed in the police investigation or if its protocol to remove children from the home when the cause of another child's death is unknown. Crying all day could have been caused by an unknown medical issue, but it also made me speculate other things in my mind....I won't speculate here because I don't feel its appropriate. Time will tell.
Amanda K Hill April 22, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Didn't see it at first glance, thanks. In one case alone, burglary 3, larceny 3 and 4, AND violationRead More of probation in 2008 and he STILL avoided jail.....gotta love the system...
chuck April 22, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Nine million chances and this devil is found staggering around Pleasant Street at 3am pilferingRead More quarters from peoples ash trays??? Please....can't we just kill these career losers? Line them up and pump lead into them. Enough already!! He'll meander through the system for a few months (stealing the whole time) and eventually get probation again. What a circus. Terminate these hopeless asses and bury them six feet under.
Chris Knipstein April 23, 2014 at 10:02 am
I just happened to look outside and saw him walking away from our driveway. Once I saw him open theRead More neighbors car, I phone him in. He then proceeded to try to open every vehicle all the way up the hill. They got him on his return down the hill in front of my house. He took lifesavers and a iPod cable from us. He did have a large folding knife on his possession as well.
Jordan Torres. Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police
pat April 22, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Paging Chuck
justin s April 22, 2014 at 06:17 pm
I knew him, we went to school together.
chuck April 22, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Don't waste any time with this "fluffy." Permanently strap him to a board so that he can'tRead More move and turn him over to the victim's family. Justice will be served. When they're done with the jackass put him out for curbside collection. End of story. Badda-bing...badda-boom.
A HazMat team responds to Clinton Street in Fairfield, Conn., where a man reportedly took his own life by ingesting cyanide. Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
JBrad April 21, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Jason, When people leave comments such as these: "I wonder how suicide will affect hisRead More karma" I start to wonder if we as a community actually feel empathy for this man, or if we just want any excuse to distance ourselves from collective responsibility. I wonder how judging this man will affect your karma...
Connie April 21, 2014 at 07:00 pm
JBrad By suicide I am saying I am against it but I don't want anyone being involved in helpingRead More killing someone else. The government is using Women's health for businesses to pay for abortion. This is a political issue. The government is not helping people with mental issues but they allow them to smoke pot and now Eric Holder wants to let drug addicts out of jail. CT is making a big deal about domestic violence but read the article about how it is not being funded enough here http://ctwatchdog.com/health/103-times-womens-pleas-for-help-went-unmet I cannot stop someone from doing what they want to do. Just like I cannot stop anyone from doing anything God is in charge and he gives us free will. I do feel sorry for this man. He had no support to stop him from doing what he did. The government supports only what it wants and it is helping decay human beings.
Tmc April 22, 2014 at 08:12 pm
@bill; the solution to not losing your belongings is to invest in a long-term care policy. I startedRead More paying into it back in 1998 and my dad is currently using his now. As long as you meet one of 5 criteria that is needed, they pay for everything except cable until your policy is exhausted. that can give your family time to sell off your assets so you have that money to live on until you die. also, it's a good idea to consult with a geriatric lawyer and follow his advice.
Amanda K Hill April 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm
So, Chuck, to use your "shirt from Job Lot" example, you are proposing a 20 year sentenceRead More for a Larceny 6 charge, the lowest chargeable offense, in the lowest category of misdemeanor offenses, that being Class C, for a juvenile? What about the toddler than grabs a pack of gum at the checkout while mom is busy paying for groceries? Lock up the 2 year old and throw away the key? I know police officers now, that had run ins with the law as a juvenile. Why throw everyone away? Let me ask you this, if this is your true school of thought on the subject, how would you feel if your child fell into that category? Before you say your child wouldn't lets presume for the sake of this conversation, they did. Would you still be gung ho to toss your own child away for 20 years? That mentality is exactly WHY so many kids become bad seeds, they are shown no one cares, everyone's against them and has them labeled as a loser. Not to mention, in 20 years time we would have individuals that went away as youths, that have become adults and have spent the bulk of their lives institutionalized. Grown adults coming back into society after a lifetime of being institutionalized. What do you think the society and town you live in would be like then? I wonder if what you say is for shock value, attention, or if you are just that .....jaded. By the way, hope your hair feels better...
chuck April 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm
Does this mean I can count on your vote, Amanda? The plan would still, by and large work. It mightRead More take a generation to work itself through. yeah...I know...what if a two year old ate some grapes at the Big Y?? We'll address the "what ifs" when they happen. 45 year olds coming back into society?? OK, so they either shape up or ship out again to prison. As i said, the prisons would eventually be empty anyway, so there wouldn't be any 45 year olds coming back out anyway. Look, obviously this is tongue-in-cheek, as you began to figure out near the end of your reply. Still, I don't see a better plan out there. What we have now has been abject failure. System's broke. It's not gonna get any better. Towns like Naugatuck will continue to be overrun with miscreants and punks who either didn't get enough love or were spanked too many times. Libs will continue to give them 300 chances to "do better." Program after program will be thrown their way to help them "see the light" all at the expense of good, hardworking folk like me... with NO results to show for it except drained wallets.
Amanda K Hill April 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Chuck, I don't agree with 300 chances to do better. But we are humans, we all make mistakes, and asRead More youths we all have made bad, and/or stupid choices, some worse than others. But if a kid screws up once, I don't think they should be tossed away. There are definitely kids who are repeat offenders, and clearly have no intention of changing ever. But there are also good kids that get caught up with a bad kid or bad crowd and use bad/stupid/idiotic judgment, but clearly aren't a threat to reoffend again. The main focus of the juvenile justice system is intervention; to intervene, redirect, and divert kids from delinquent behavior, so that they eventually become productive citizens when they are adults. Can they all be redirected and diverted? No, just like some adults can't be either. If you ask me, HOME is where these things need to be fixed. When a kid is repeatedly delinquent, I blame the parents. Sorry if that offends anyone.
A moose — but not this one — was seen wandering towards a swamp near I-84 in Southington on April 15, 2014. Flickr.com.
chuck April 19, 2014 at 05:53 am
Slow news day @Patch? File this under....3 million out of 3 million people will absolutely notRead More remember this story 3 weeks from now, nor will they care. Is this what patch has become? Moose stories? Please....I felt obligated to comment because I hate seeing a PATCH HEADLINE that not a soul on earth felt the urge to expound on.
Amanda K Hill April 19, 2014 at 09:03 am
"A moose, and not Bullwinkle was reportedly seen wandering along Interstate-84 in SouthingtonRead More on Tuesday morning" Well, thanks for clarifying THAT, Patch. For a minute I thought it might have been him. Phewwww!
chuck April 19, 2014 at 09:17 pm
Amanda...that would be Bullwinkle J. Moose. We're urged to watch for flying squirrels too.
Jeremy Andino. Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police
Afriend April 11, 2014 at 11:18 am
Told you he was a kid lol
GIRLFRIEND April 11, 2014 at 02:34 pm
yeahh he has had enough attention. thank you dylan Anthony.
A citizen April 11, 2014 at 04:02 pm
A Friend-Thank you for another insightful comment.
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Sue Polaski April 4, 2014 at 08:29 am
Any info on the caller?
chuck April 4, 2014 at 09:12 pm
It was John Rowland trying to draw some heat away from himself.
OpportunistWatch April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am
Sue if there was any information on the caller the media would have drawn the conclusion for us andRead More stated the caller had PTSD or mental problems if he/she had an American surname. Ft Hood shootings are perfect examples of how the media creates pictures for our thoughts on who is called a terrorist and who has PTSD even though THEY DID NOT SEE ONE MINUTE OF COMBAT.
T. Smith April 4, 2014 at 06:44 am
Terminated? For a DWI and a hit-and-run? Don't you think that's a bit harsh? I'm all in favor of aRead More stiff sentence, but what you are proposing is just too 'stiff' for me.
SILENT WOLF April 4, 2014 at 08:32 am
Chuck , First we must make him and others accountable for their action , and that goes for me andRead More you as well. In a situation like this he loses is license to drive anywhere else for one year.but from and to work only . He is to seek and pay out of his own pocket for drug and alcohol classes and return to the court system with a completion of those classes . show that he as paid for those classes and during that time as made full not partial but full restoration to the victim .. N ow if he or we are a multiple offender you lose that option ...after that it's up to you Chuck ...
chuck April 4, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Easy people....Most of what I say is tongue-in-cheek with heavy sarcasm. I do feel strongly thatRead More severe penalties and harsh sanctions are the only thing that gets peoples attention. Wrist-slapping days are for the clueless.
Photo: jridgewayphotography via Flickr
chuck April 1, 2014 at 09:09 pm
No Name...so that would be "you're" not YOUR. Guess that makes you four.
No Name April 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm
Four inches deep in your mom. How's that for proper grammar?
SILENT WOLF April 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm
"Can't we all just get along, " not!! quote asked by someone highly pumped with crackRead More and PCP, and after that got rich on our dollar.... thanks LAPD....
A screenshot of the data.ct.gov website.
DM April 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Statistical or factual......pick one can't be both!? haha
Andrew Mitchell Blum CT April 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I'll have to check this out for some of my classes - thank you! Andrew Mitchell Blum Fairfield, CT
chuck March 31, 2014 at 09:17 pm
Damn...who would ever think to look in the crapper? That's about the dumbest bastard alive, no? LockRead More him up...throw away the key. End of story.
pat March 25, 2014 at 04:09 pm
A simple proofread never hurt the best of writers.
Steve March 26, 2014 at 06:42 am
#4 "steal" #5 "announce" #6 "trusted" I think we have a great policeRead More force,but spelling is terrible,an embarrassment.
chuck March 28, 2014 at 06:00 am
Add slidding glass doors to the disaster too. Heard the National Spelling Bee came to Naugatuck butRead More couldn't find any contestants. When they came to town they drove up Maple Street and saw the sign on the Green touting last Halloween's Senior Bazaar (Weekend of November1-2). Anybody ever going to change that thing? I guess someone will have to change it when the Kerry Boys come in July. Then they turned left and saw the huge two year old sign hanging in Joe's window saying, "Going out of BISNISS" Brutal....
Troop I State Police barracks in Bethany, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Craig R March 25, 2014 at 02:57 pm
FYI-the Mianus river bridge collapsed on O'Neill's watch - HE WAS THE WORST GOVERNOR MALE OR FEMALERead More (Weicker a very close second). O'Neill closed all the tolls because of the West Haven accident which dried up all the highway funding and never spent a penny on infrastructure before, during or after the collapse.
Igor March 25, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Closing the tolls was a dumb ass move. Every state around us has tolls, but Connecticut is soRead More wealthy we don't need any money. We'll just beat our tax payers to death.
Dave D March 27, 2014 at 08:36 am
Stay focused folks... Several troops consolidated dispatch to save money. Now the troops that wereRead More closed at night because troopers were out on patrol, will cost us more tax money so a trooper can stop patrolling and sit inside a nice warm barracks. Real smart move... NOT
Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police
No Name March 25, 2014 at 09:59 am
John Butler Case Solve
barb March 25, 2014 at 09:41 pm
Good,glad u found him whoever u r
Ran Dan March 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Free john butler
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Jessica Martin March 24, 2014 at 09:58 am
We had a fire in September & the fire dept. was there on less than 5 minutes! They get there asRead More soon as they get the call...
Ken Hanks March 25, 2014 at 08:21 am
Sandra, sorry I did not respond yesterday, I only saw your post this morning. Call to FD received atRead More 6:45:59 PM and lasted 26 seconds, both stations dispatched at 6:46:25, first FD truck signed on as responding at 6:48:07, and on scene at 6:50:27 Total time from the dispatcher picking up the phone to the first crew on scene was 4 minutes and 28 seconds, of which 2 minutes and 20 seconds consisted of travel time. PD typically arrives at fires first because they are already on the road and may be in the area of the fire when dispatched. Please contact me at 203-720-7081 or khanks@naugatuck-ct.gov if I can answer any other questions on Naugatuck Fire Department operations.
Sandra Popowchak McFarland March 25, 2014 at 09:45 am
Thanks, Ken Hanks. I guess when you are watching someone's home burn down, 4 1/2 minutes seems soRead More much longer. It is frightening to see what can happen to a home in such a short amount of time. Thanks for the clarification and keep up the good work!
Patch file photo: Brookfield, WI Patch
Connecticut15 March 29, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Parents of minors even those ages 16-18 should have the right to have their children's hair follicleRead More drug tested. Any law that prohibits the parents to do that needs to be changed. A drug test would have provided proof of drug use and/or abuse - a foundation for knowing or navigating how to try to help the child. No one can assume that this boy was depressed and that was all and therefore he may have used drugs. What if it were the other way around - drugs and the consequential abuse to his internal biochemistry that caused his acts or perhaps symptoms that mimicked or were depression. Not all drug users are depressed. These parents were looking for answers. Having concrete evidence of drug use can break apart the wall of denial, step one.
Still in Stamford April 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Connecticut 15, I don't disagree with you. I do think that parents should have the right to haveRead More their children tested. He could have been taking drugs without having underlying depression, but I know from personal experience that drug use often occurs because of depression and that the same symptoms of drug use are also often caused by depression. The majority of drug abusers however, don't commit suicide. He didn't overdose. He died by suicide. That is a mental health issue. So while I do agree that parents should be able to have their children tested, I also think that the mental health issues are just as important in a case like this, because both things likely were factors in this boy's death, and if so, both things need to be treated. I'm sorry if I didn't explain myself better in my first post.
Ella Jameson April 9, 2014 at 05:15 am
If anyone is concerned that their child may be abusing drugs, check out this new tool which pointsRead More out the early warning signs http://www.sobercollege.com/telltale-signs-of-drug-use/
chuck March 15, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Yes but if we started doing that we could sit back and watch the number of people committing crimesRead More like this drop dramatically. This would eventually open up prison bed spaces as few would want to rot in jail knowing they couldn't pay back the victims.
JMA March 15, 2014 at 07:10 pm
Three meals a day, free electricity, a bed, heat, air conditioning, etc. prison is not what it isRead More suppose to be! It's the victims who suffer and continue to do so. I agree punishment needs to fit the crime, but we won't see it in our life time, at least not in this state. Let's send them out of state, I would prefer Texas, oh we did that already when we sent some to Virginia and you know how that turned out. I believe we payed for transportation for families to visit then.
naugy mom March 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm
What ever happened to chain gangs and hard labor? People are not afraid to go to jail anymore andRead More that's the problem
Steven Hayes. Patch file photo.
chuck March 13, 2014 at 08:37 pm
As I said in another post...cruel and unusual punishment is what you did to that family you beast.Read More Shut the hell up!!! Torture chamber?? Awww...poor Hayes. What did you expect, a chalet in the Swiss Alps?? Shut up and live you dog. Don't die on me you creep. You should be frozen until we figure out a way to keep you alive forever. Then we'll thaw out your sorry ass for some more "torture."
No Name March 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm
I agree with Chuck.
Jake March 15, 2014 at 02:03 pm
These kids are 19-20 years old get your facts straight Naugatuck Patch...
Robert Lee March 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
When all is said and done, they set the couch on fire. Broke the law. You might say that the couchRead More was free for the taking but did they have to burn it?
chuck March 16, 2014 at 05:27 am
Of course they didn't, Robert. It's something punk clowns would do. Forget plea bargains andRead More probation and anger classes....lets tie them to a sidewalk and use lighters on them until they ignite!
Joe Loschiavo March 27, 2014 at 06:54 am
It's is highly unlikely that the firearm discharged without it's trigger being pulled. Everyone isRead More aware about the Rem 700 situation due to the CNBC report but to be quite frank, you got a better chance of getting struck by lightning in December in Canada than you have of a gun "just going off". It does NOT just happen with any sense of regularity.
SKID March 27, 2014 at 07:27 am
What a bunch of dopes and Barney Fifes....the cop responsible should get time off for dumb behavior
Christine Sedita March 30, 2014 at 07:51 am
We don't even know if it was his/her gun either. They wont post a name unless charges were made.Read More You're making the assumption that the gun was the officer's. Even if it was, there are so many variables here. Its an internal thing and they will deal with it. They take things very serious. If someone is charged you'll find out more. I hate bitter witch hunts.
Michael Maldonado. Photo Credit: Naugatuck Police
chuck March 13, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Plenty of time to "get strong" in the slammer....Will be plenty of child porn freaks inRead More there to share stories with too. Best part about this is that cons don't like rippers. His life in prison will will really suck. Every family member of every kid he's ever diddled should be allowed to bash him five times with a shovel before he shuffles off to the pen.
Ernie March 13, 2014 at 09:03 pm
David you are a complete fool to say something like that. They found 300,000 images not three. HeRead More can't be fixed and should be put out of everyone's misery.
Mel p March 20, 2014 at 10:58 am
Not to mention this is not his first incident
Officer Americo Tavares. Photo Credit: NPD Facebook Page
Daniel Zandvliet March 12, 2014 at 12:13 am
Congrats Americo! Well deserved.
george straz March 12, 2014 at 11:22 am
Definitely a great guy!! Congrats Americo!
Gary March 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm
A great person and a great police officer. Always a professional, polite and courteous officer.Read More Congratulations. It's well deserved and overdue.
Steven Hayes. Patch file photo.
Chet Bacon March 11, 2014 at 07:36 am
You aren't getting away that easy - your time is in the State's hands!
carol snyder March 11, 2014 at 09:19 am
Should have just let the scum die. Would have saved the state a lot of money
wyatt March 11, 2014 at 02:10 pm
However he gets there, Hell is waiting.....
(Woodbury-Middlebury Patch file photo)
Craig Zac March 18, 2014 at 08:22 am
...And I agree 100% With Brandon Stevens about the State Police driving as bad or worse than anyoneRead More elses on the roads... How many times have you had a state cop suddenly appear right up your butt on the highway? so you get over and WHOOSH!!!! off they go like a bat out of hell. I guess its time we all install dash and rearview cameras and video tape these guys, ya know, keep em honest so to speak. they aren't that much $$ and can save your butt in times of trouble too. Is it me or does it seem like now a days, the police seem to treat us all as if we were all common criminals, they no longer protect and serve, they are more or less acting as prison guards and we are all inmates of the state of CT!
Craig Zac March 18, 2014 at 08:25 am
"The Connecticut Department of Transportation will support this ‘Stop Tailgating’Read More project by posting ‘Tailgating Enforcement Zone’ on overhead message boards along designated areas of these highways to remind motorists of this project. " I HATE thos signs, they are a total distraction to drivers, I cant tell you how many times I have almost driven into the next lane while looking up at one of those over head signs and trying to read it... Also, watch next time youre coming up on one when youre still a good distance away from it, watch how many cars hit their breaks when they get close to the sign, I guess its a natural response to hit your breaks when trying to read it, sorta like turning the radio down when your looking at house numbers or street signs, trying to find an address or street! lol
Debbie March 24, 2014 at 08:12 am
I do not find name calling, as if we are two years old, beneficial in this conversation ie:Read More egotistical ninnies, etc. Whatever happened to being kind with words we use? Also, a little patience, goes a long way. Empathy: Older driver who must drive to get food, Dr. Appts, etc. For those with no patience/empathy for especially the elderly; may you live to be old enough to annoy the "young" driver someday! Then and only then will you understand the struggles elderly residents deal with on a daily basis just to survive. Find some kindness in your heart and words! p.s. there are areas on some of our highways, where if your in the slow lane, you must move into the speed lane to let oncoming ramp traffic merge on: EX: entrance ramp/merging area is appx 300 ft. long and it is only a 2 lane highway..... Old Saybrook (95) heading toward Westbrook/Clinton comes to mind. Also The Merrit Parkway in Wallingford has a really short entrance ramp... There are many more... Just slow down and be kind to one another!
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Meghan March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am
I agree with Citizen 100%. Naugatuck is not ghetto. You obviously haven't traveled around to seeRead More what ghetto really is. As far as kids getting arrested. I agree getting arrested for the violence and weapons but seriously marijuana? I will never understand that.
Molly Woonsocket March 12, 2014 at 10:56 am
Cheryl, I think one student had a little under 4 oz's! That's why it was quite a jump in charges?Read More Unbelievable but whoa 4 oz's for a teen, he's like a big time dealer.
naugy mom March 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm
I'm sick of this school system choosing which they count as no tolerance and which is ok, wake upRead More people talk to your kids there's a lot going on In these schools that's way worse than some damn pot and yet the schools tried to sweep it under the rug or hide it and act like nothing it going on to save face.
Sarah Ciccio. Credit: NPD
pat March 4, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Should be in the Mugshot Hall of Fame
chuck March 5, 2014 at 08:20 pm
If looks could kill....
naugy mom March 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm
I agree with Anna, it doesn't matter boy or girl child rape is still rape
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), from a Patch file photo
Craig Zac March 24, 2014 at 10:04 am
@ Jim.. when you say: "Spending is down but not a lot of support for restoring revenue toRead More levels when things were find and employers had to scramble for employees." Are you saying that we the people, aren't spending as much $$$ as we should be and that's why the economy is so bad? Or do you mean the government is spending less than normal?
Gary Tobin March 25, 2014 at 07:18 am
I think everyone agrees that 99.9% of all politicians are out of control, out of touch with theRead More people and are breaking down the foundation of our country. The People can fix and purge the self-serving, corrupt, rich, career Politian problem that America has. One of the last constitutional rights that have not been stripped or altered is VOTING. I have heard it and I’m sure you heard it; term limits for elected offices will fix a lot of this country’s problems and a great start on put the country back on track. The people can vote their own term limits in the local, state and federal elections. If we DON’T vote for any sitting politicians and vote for a candidate not in office, regardless of party affiliation. Bring America back to the people through your vote…
OpportunistWatch March 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Caller had a SPANISH accent - 99% I'll bet they are operating from PR. They sure know how toRead More manipulate our system very well. We can't even track a drivers license from that protectorate. If you say anything about the untraceable nature of PR, you are dubbed a racist and some bleeding heart Hartford agency will try and sue you. Sick but this is a BIG problem. Oh I forgot, they are the on the front line of our military so we call it a protectorate. I hope they lock this predator up for a longtime.
Marijuana. Credit: DEA
Jason Silver March 11, 2014 at 08:47 pm
CIA brings in the drugs. Our troops are in Afghanistan protecting the poppy fields.
Igor March 11, 2014 at 09:45 pm
Just had a thought. If I get caught driving and texting, can I tell the cop I was getting ready toRead More text the DEA? Think he'll buy it?
Patrick Hennessy March 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Of course they use a photo of marijuana. Our town has far bigger issue than pot. For example, theyRead More huge cocaine bust that just took place. CT, is a huge center point for drug trafficking due to its location between NY, and NH, VT etc. But in the grand scheme of things, Marijuana is the least of the federal and local governments worries. How many times to you hear of someone getting into an accident because they were under the influence of marijuana? NEVER. Alcohol on the other hand, you cant count on one hand the amount of traffic stops that are made because of drinking and driving. Open your eyes people.