5 Arrested in Newark for Buying Minors Alcohol

by Bay City News

Five people were arrested in Newark on Friday for buying alcohol for minors, according to police. The Newark Police Department conducted a sting operation that placed minor decoys outside liquor stores who asked random adults to buy them alcohol, according to police.

During the five-hour operation, seven adults were arrested. Five were arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors, and two others were arrested for having an open alcoholic container in a vehicle, officers said. Violators face a fine and possible jail time, police said. Funding for the operation was provided by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Summer Hemphill January 20, 2014 at 09:48 PM
When marijuana is legal here in California (sooner than most think) they'll be able to conduct sting operations to prevent adults from supplying it to minors too. Until then minors will continue to have easier access to marijuana than alcohol because illegal drug dealers have no qualms about the age of their customers. Teenagers will continue to experiment with marijuana regardless of it's illegality (perhaps even because of it),but the legalization & regulation of marijuana for adults will certainly make it harder for minors to buy. Of course it won't prevent irresponsible adults from furnishing it to them (see above) nothing can,nothing ever will. While on the other hand using this argument to prolong prohibition is no longer tenable in the present political climate either. Now is the time to tell your legislators to pass a thorough & comprehensive measure to legalize marijuana now,because otherwise the voters may take it upon themselves to pass an initiative in November to do so without all the requisite checks & balances. Keep in mind that an initiative which becomes law can't be modified by legislative action & can only be amended by the voters. On the other hand for those less patient amongst us (me) there are at least three measures gathering signatures to appear on this years ballot & even our Lt.Gov. Gavin Newsom has endorsed these legalization efforts. So quit drinking (even the President says it's more dangerous than marijuana) because alcohol kills over 75,000 Americans every year & start enjoying marijuana instead. There has never been one death directly attributable to the consumption of marijuana & the only incidences of spousal abuse linked to marijuana undoubtedly involved a lot of shouting upon discovering someone had smoked all of the others stash. The only adverse effect of smoking marijuana is going to jail ! It's high time we decriminalized marijuana ...
Bong Sativa January 21, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Newark considered using their own policewomen in a prostitution sting,but realized that no one would be willing to pay to have sex with any of them.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Summer, marijuana is already legal in California.
Summer Hemphill January 21, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Vanessa,I suggest you actually read the Patch once in a while. A story titled "Bike Cop Makes Meth Bust" said that Newark Police arrested two nineteen year olds at New Park Mall for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana (a citable offense). I'm sure you could find dozens of other such arrests if you put your mind to it. In fact how many people were arrested or cited for marijuana possession in Newark last year ? Newark's City Council not only refuses to allow "safe & legal access" to medical marijuana for hundreds of their constituents who have a doctor's recommendation for it's use,but continues to do so even though the majority of California voters now favor complete legalization. CBS News recently cited a study that reported 13% of Californians now use marijuana,in Newark that would be slightly more than 5,500 people. These otherwise law-abiding citizens (most of them anyway) are still subject to arrest & prosecution under California law. I suggest that you could become much more knowledgeable on this subject by visiting the following websites - NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) MMP (Marijuana Policy Project) or LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) or you could just ask anyone you see smoking marijuana here in town. I'm sure that if marijuana were in fact legal here there wouldn't be three initiatives approved to gather signatures for the 2014 California ballot. After you've become enlightened perhaps you can author a piece on the present state of this unnecessarily controversial issue & provide some actual factual information to Patch readers. And since you were under the impression that marijuana was already legal here I'm sure you'd be happy to sign those petitions to let the voters decide (55% of Alameda County voters favored legalization in 2010) for themselves this year !
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 06:40 PM
You have to have a prescription for it... I'd prefer not to sign your petition.
Summer Hemphill January 21, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Vanessa,now that your stance on this issue is so crystal clear (preferring not to allow the voters to decide) & your ignorance so obvious I'm sure that everyone will recognize your bias & disregard your prejudicial editorial opinion in the future on this matter
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Ad hominem attacks are always productive.
Zen January 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Never touched marijuana, never will. For medicinal use, sure! for recreational use, no! you must be really bored with your lives. Go do something more productive.


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