Readers: Don't blame marijuana for tragic death of Heather Jensen's children

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Our post about the disturbing Heather Jensen case noted that she had sex and smoked marijuana while her two kids were left in an SUV with the heater blasting, raising temps high enough inside that they died. Some readers felt the cannabis mention suggested blame for what happened, while others disagreed. Here's a sampling of opinions.

Shawn Lee Minor writes:

As if weed has anything to do with the fact that she doesn't have any common sense. Makin weed look unrightfully awful...
Jamie Tanner Patterson writes:
Terrible....still don't get where weed played a role.
Rosa Valenzuela writes:
The headline just says what she left to do it's not blaming weed, or it would be blaming sex and it says she was doing both, let's calm down. Point of this story is : What an idiot... Who doesn't check on their kids in over an hour. Trash.
Jessica Powers writes:
Some people just don't have common sense. That was extremely irresponsible and her poor children paid the ultimate price, and that is a sad story. It also is disappointing that some people are going to say it was because of cannabis consumption, but really it was the mother's irresponsibility of leaving children alone in a hot car, regardless of what she was doing. Hope she gets what she deserves.

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Chad Almquist
Chad Almquist

One word and one word only....SLUT!!! That is what contributed to these childrens deaths.

Jeffrey Grubesic
Jeffrey Grubesic

You CAN'T blame weed for what that stupid bitch did. If you're gonna blame weed, you would have to blame sex too. And why not go after Toyota for putting heaters in the 4Runner while you're at it. She's a dumb bitch who made a horribly stupid decision, and now she has to live with it for the rest of her life.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

pot is not the issue. Women who must be mothers and are the last folks who should be one. I fail to understand the need to breed.

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

Side issue. She is quite a bit below average intelligence. She is not really capable of making intelligent decisions

Chadwick Cooper
Chadwick Cooper

marijuana is not even an issue, the choices this woman made are, it would be so nice to stop demonizing something that cant even stick up for itself, marijuana cant kill kids and neither can guns until you use the gun for its one intended purpose which is to kill, in all I have read and experienced in life marijuana has never ONCE been taken up with ill intentions, especially to harm or kill, matter of fact if you tried to shoot someone with marijuana you only get them stoned and they would be too happy to try to hurt you, chances are they would like you to shoot them again with the marijuana, I know this woman didn't shoot her kids or smoke them up but the mode for comparison is appropriate and the prescribed idea of "reefer madness" should have died the year they first implemented medical marijuana in this country, but maybe im just lifted and over opinionated, or maybe im spot on and people need to chill the fuck out over a plant that's gonna be around long after our bones turn to dust and then some!!

Marie Newell
Marie Newell

About the same as if she drank, This is mostly about bad choices and neglectful choices made by the mother. And trying to throw marijuana under the bus is just taking away from the real problem.

Jamie Ontiveros
Jamie Ontiveros

No not at all. I think it's due to terrible parenting. Poor kids.

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

Classic example of need for free birth control in the good ol USA

Kimberly Bora
Kimberly Bora

Fairly certain it's because she was a skank. End of story. Poor babies.

Chris Cater
Chris Cater

No way you die from heat in a car, it would take at least a day.

Chris Cater
Chris Cater

This is ducked, how long do kids have to be in a car to overheat...this is impossible.....kids died from dehydration.

Andrea Duran
Andrea Duran

I think poor parenting due to a lack of education killed her children. Someone as selfish and clueless as her should not have had children in the first place!

Erica-Cristian Silva
Erica-Cristian Silva

I think this mom just made a very bad decision...she was trying to be a good mom leaving the heater on for the kids so they wouldn't get cold, and hey at least she wasn't getting high in the same care as her kids, she was parked right next to them...its a tragedy. I cannot even imagine how those poor babies were suffering and probably kicking and screaming :(

Keith James Rigli
Keith James Rigli

Why do people want to keep trying to find a ways to blame weed? She is an awful parent and should never have had kids. When you put anything above your children you need to reevaluate your priorities. Get a clue and stop trying to put the blame on anything else beside stupidity!

Jeff Rice
Jeff Rice

I know the bitch personally.... she was a horrible mother. Marijuana was no way near the issue. The way she treated those kids and the lack of care. While her 4 year was on life support at Children's Hospital, she was in her hotel room getting her sexual needs satisfied (I was next to his bedside more than she was, and I wasn't even part of the family)

Cooper Watts
Cooper Watts

Even asking this question lends to it's potential credibility. You are feeding the trolls Westword. For shame.

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

Sucks so bad... I've left my toddler son strapped in for a few minutes while I ran back in for (juice, crackers, diapers, my purse.... One of the numerous things you can forget EVERY TIME you leave your house, lol) Mind u I live on 10 acres. And he definitely can't un-buckle himself yet... Even after a few minutes if running around inside is too much time for the heat left on high.... Ive had my mind blown by the abilities your cars heat system has on a idling warm car... With that said, I would never leave my boo in the car that long, ever!!... Those poor kids. I can only imagine.

Derrick James Garner
Derrick James Garner

Ya she made a decision to leave her children for her own selfish personal needs. HER FAULT, marijuana doesn't make you do things like that without any control....

Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore

Pot did not play a part in this tragedy any more than forks play a part in obesity. She CHOSE to be negligent. Pot didn't make that choice for her.

Shawn Lee Minor
Shawn Lee Minor

Glad to see my comment was used for this article, but now I have to sort of change my mind. The writer isn't really putting the emphasis on weed so much as just reporting the facts, I suppose. I'm working on a journalism major myself. The biggest thing we have to remember is that, as journalists, our words have the power to influence others and this only proves that we should be careful how we construct them. It's up to the editor and ultimately the reader to decide which facts are most important.

Lewrie Long
Lewrie Long

Her selfless act killed her kids 90 minutes alone in the car so she could hook up with a man :[ Worthless piece of .... Pot didn't kill them she did with her own actions !

Krista Wood
Krista Wood

No I don't....she was already making poor choices to begin with.... Pot isn't the culprit in this.... She is :(

Chelsea West
Chelsea West

Side issue, completetly. She may have been smoking weed at the time she was neglecting her children, but from what I've seen her motivation was more in the sexual encounter/other adult stuff she was doing. In my opinion, sex drive makes your brain a whole lot more stupid at one time than smoking pot. For example: even if I were stoned I wouldn't leave my children in a vehicle by themselves for more than the time it took me to get my happy ass INTO the vehicle from the other side. That is just common sense and good parenting. You don't leave your kids in the car, especially in extreme weather conditions when they are BOTH too small to know what to do to change anything for themselves in they become uncomfortable- which clearly happened- to the point of them passing.

dontr10101962
dontr10101962

Marijuana is a mind altering substance. It impairs the users ability to make decisions. Do your think a person not under the influence of this drug would do this?

Steve Ramirez
Steve Ramirez

Na it's her fault. Nobody else.dum horny bitch.

Sydney Vitae
Sydney Vitae

She wasn't high when she made the decision to put her wants before her children's needs. She chose selfish pleasure over parenting, plain & simple. The marijuana she smoked was no more responsible for her actions than the sex she had. This woman killed those babies. If blame is shared, it's on the guy she was with.

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

There should be state mandated tubal ligations when neglect or death of a child occurs period. As there should be mandated vasectomies to male criminals who constantly offend. They need to be weeded out if he gene pool as our society can do without people who do damage to our society. Don't trip over my statement there are many politicians who should get these special gifts of sterility.

Molly Marie
Molly Marie

Don't let MJ be an excuse for her terrible parenting. She deserves none.

Melissa Durgin
Melissa Durgin

No, leaving her kids in a hot car killed them but of course morons will blame cannabis

Aaron AirCo Cordova
Aaron AirCo Cordova

No that irresponsible bitch was the only cause if you say marijuana has anything to do with it you might as well say sex is dangerous

Matt Faller
Matt Faller

Hell no, shes a shitty person who happens to like marijuana. She could as easily have been drinking etc.

M Kathleen's Art
M Kathleen's Art

DON'T blame the weed on the stanky ho's poor decisions...she chose sex over her kids!!! LOSER!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Pot Mom Bakes ... her own children!



emse57
emse57

a True Abusuve Parent so, I hope they LET HER FRY IN ELECTRIchair...!_! Justice* aneye for an eye! Take.Away Her life, for her Children's Lives!!!

emse57
emse57

YOU ma'm are playing with your children's lives....CORBONmonoxide Poisoning.............Turn the Car OFF. Your children will survive Cold for your errands!

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