You're still making assumptions about what they did or did not know. You don't need to be professionally trained to have a working knowledge of something, do you? As I said, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned/outraged about what they were doing that don't have anything to do with the mold issue. Which is a non-issue, as far as I am concerned. Again, I highly doubt that a child was suddenly so concerned about mold (which often can't be seen) that he called the police.
I just don't understand why you would jump on the mold issue, which seems so tenuous, when there are more solid reasons to be outraged. Like, you know, the parents putting their freedom at risk when they have an apparent fuckton of kids to care for.
I'm not saying the kid knew. I'm saying that it's good that the kid did report, because apparently his parents are too stupid to have that many kids and still grow pot in LARGE quantities, without realizing the health issues.
Or they could hire more people? These pharmaceutical companies would stand to make a lot of money if the recreational drug market suddenly fell into their lap, after all.
Not enough to offset the costs of hiring the new people, expanding and creating new facilities to make it, without raising the cost of said drugs. Which would play in the black market's hands. They could offer the same thing, but cheaper, and probably easier to access. In the end, not a damn thing would change, except more people would be on the drugs.
Also, the idea that legalizing drugs would lead to crime is a bit backwards. Drugs are a crime, so legalizing them would decrease crime. And I don't believe legalization would lead to a dramatic increase in drug use, so all of the stupid decisions/assaults that you think would happen are already happening.
Logically, YES, it's backwards, but I have to say, living in this pisshole has taught me that, legalizing drugs WILL lead to crime. It hasn't stopped the cigarette industry or smokers from buying contraband cigarettes. The illegal trade can cut corners and provide it cheaper than the legal trade can, because safety is not a concern. Addicts don't care where it's from, just that they get it.
And yes, legal or not, people will STILL be beating up, murdering, stealing for their fix.
Around here, they implemented clinics to help people who are on hard drugs get clean needles. The goal was to provide a safe environment and prevent the spread of AIDs and similar diseases. And hopefully, decrease the amount of addicts by educating them.
The result? Total failure. In fact, it's had the opposite effect. There are MORE people taking these things now, BECAUSE it's safer to do so. And they are still assaulting each other for their fixes.
Legalizing drugs will make it more widespread and detrimental. As Sarena (Who I would like to thank for bravely admitting that she was an addict, that couldn't have been easy) pointed out, addicts have NO SENSE OF SELF-CONTROL!
There is a reason I'm both a teetotaler and avoid drugs, I have ADHD, I KNOW I have it, and after doing research on it, I'm almost a text book case. I got lucky, despite being poor. ADHD people have an addictive personality, we get hooked on things very easily. And I SEE THIS, in my OWN life, every day. I have my parents control my money, because I would spend the entire disability check in one DAY, if I didn't set some controls for myself. I'm overly impulsive. Most of us ADHD folks are.
I'm lucky I'm addicted to gaming, that's a relatively cheap (comparatively), and I can more out of it than I would drinking (which I loved to do. Still do, but I stick to water or fruit juices. I still drink WAY too much as it is) and I get to keep my relatively sucky home. But at least I still have a roof over my head.