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Napa Man Shared Marijuana with Kids, Cops Say

A 43-year-old Napa man is suspected of letting youngsters smoke his marijuana behind the Napa on Ice skating rink Sunday night, according to police. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

A 43-year-old Napa man was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of furnishing marijuana to juveniles after police found him with two young people outside the Napa on Ice skating rink downtown at around 10:30 p.m., according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department: 

Police received information that Doug Zerba (43 yrs. of Napa) was handing marijuana to juveniles on the west side of the ice skating rink in the parking lot on Second St.

Officers contacted Zerba and two juveniles at this location. Officers asked Zerba if they could search him to which he agreed. Zerba told the officers he had a marijuana pipe in his possession and he had some marijuana in his truck.

Zerba admitted to giving his marijuana pipe filled with marijuana to one of the juveniles. The juvenile smoked the marijuana and returned the pipe to Zerba.  

Officers searched Zerba’s truck and found a small amount of marijuana. Zerba was taken into custody and booked into Napa County Department of Corrections.

Arrest information does not indicate a conviction. For the latest reports on crime and arrests in the Napa Valley, please see our Police & Fire section, available from the News tab above and at napavalley.patch.com/police-fire.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) November 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I don't know about any of you... but I am sick and tired of drug pushing Zebras! They belong in a zoo! (yes I know the last name is Z-e-R-b-a, just wanted to start on a lighter note). In all seriousness, at 40 something years old one would think that giving an illegal drug or controlled one, to a minor is a bad idea. If I caught someone giving my kids drugs of any sort, they would be lucky if the police got to them first (in my head, I think I'm tough, but in reality I know better, so play along with my false bravado please). I guess to some this wouldn't matter, but I want to know how old the minors are? IMHO, "sharing marijuana with minors/juveniles" sounds really bad. In my hear I picture 12 year olds smoking pot. Having a 17 year old who is about a month away from being 18, I think I would make my kids life miserable over being so angry with the adult (I think) because at 17 and 3/4's (as she reminds me) she SHOULD (she BETTER) know better. That's my two cents.
Localyocal November 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Where were the parents?
Matt Grantham November 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Just wonder how that compares with giving them cigarettes
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I am sure it is, Steve, and I'd be glad to publish his side of the story, as I did with that other public menace, Amy the chalker, whose case ultimately was dismissed. For legal reasons, though, he may be advised to keep it to himself pending the resolution of his case, and we would need to respect that.
vocal-de-local November 21, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Regarding your comment "Not such a wise choice to smoke with minors in public", I think a wiser comment would have been "Not such a wise choice to smoke with minors AT ALL!" Parents who smokes pot with their kids (who have developing brains) are negligent. They do not care about thier children whatsoever. Cannabis causes cell death (apoptosis) in developing brains. It's the equivalent of giving your kid strong chemotherapy (which also causes apoptosis). If a child has genetic susceptibility to bipolar and/or schizophrenia (they often run in families together) cannabis could be the catalyst for irreversible lifelong mental illness. People who suffer schizophrenia have a natural tendency to not get cancer even though they generally have cancer causing lifestyles such as smoking). Most likely the same gene/s which cause apoptosis (cell death) also cause schizophrenia. The point is, by giving a susceptible kid a hit off a joint, you may be adding insult to injury, a doublt whammy of sorts. Discourage anyone under age 25 from smoking pot because you do not know whether or not they have these susceptible genes.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 22, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Ok, after some research on my part it is my opinion that Doug is an idiot, and next time I see him I will tell him as much. D'OH! It sucks that this story gives the wrong impression about Doug. I still trust him.
vocal-de-local November 22, 2012 at 07:20 AM
What happened to my comments? Here's a really good reason to not be exposing kids to pot: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20624444
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 22, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Good question, Ms. Doornbos: What DID happen to your previous comment? I didn't make it go away, and it's not in the moderation queue where it ought to be if readers had flagged it. What I recall is that you said the brain develops up to age 25 and that marijuana is bad for the young because it can mess that up. (You had more detail but I retained it poorly, possibly because of what I did to my own developing brain back in the 70s-80s.) No argument from me on that. I am sorry for whatever happened to your comment. It was worth reading.
shane November 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM
ha ha, well said Louisa.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 22, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Louisa, her comment and one of yours were in reply to my own comment, which I deleted after I heard the story from someone who was there and knows Doug. He's definitely a mixer missing the beaters. It appears that when an original comment is deleted all the replies go along with it. I apologise for deleting that which did not belong to me.

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