The Vienna toddler was wandering just 700 meters from his home for 4 hours, but the rescue was organized swiftly and made an efficient job of finding the little boy. His camouflage shirt may have been what prevented Lehr from finding him in the first place, but when the shirt came off he stood out against three-foot tall golden rod reports the Morning Sentinal.
How Jonathan Lehr Got Lost
While celebrating a happy end to their efforts, Vienna’s Department of Health and Human Services will now be investigating how the boy was lost in the first place. The outcome could have been horrific as Lehr’s son was dehydrated and disoriented.
With the child home safe, the police then had another matter to consider: 147 marijuana plants, ¼ pound of processed pot and growing equipment.
As for pot in Maine, according to Maine Biz, the problem here is relatively small. Only 5% of citizens regularly smoke pot, though government still rates its danger as up there with heroin, LSD and other heavy drugs.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana has been legal in Maine since 1999. Starting a business supplying to dispensers can be tricky thanks to the stigma still attached plus strict regulations on how many dispensaries a town can have. For the most part, a small amount of marijuana will be grown upon approval by patients or their caregivers. One hundred and forty-seven plants were clearly not for personal use.
An article in Associated Press notes that Americans still oppose the legalization of marijuana. The argument in favor has long held that cannabis is no worse than alcohol or cigarettes in terms of addiction or related crime, yet both are legal. The counter argument says that cannabis use leads to harder drugs. The gray area results from the topic of medical marijuana. Many who oppose recreational use of the plant support legalization of pot as a medical option for patients.
Either way, the fact remains: recreational marijuana use is not yet legal, certainly not in Maine, where Jonathan Lehr took a risk and got caught. He may be hoping now not to lose his son as well.