Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., fourth from right, join New York and New Jersey families to announce the endorsement by the Epilepsy Foundation of their newly introduced marijuana reform legislation on March 15, 2015, in New York. Photo courtesy USNews.com

Fired-Up Pot Patients, Parents Trade Tips to Prevent Confiscation of Kids

By Steven Nelson


About a dozen parents and medical marijuana activists gathered in the nation’s capital (recently) to share horror stories and advice on how to shield families from authorities who wield the power to take away their children. [S]tate marijuana laws are increasingly common in the U.S., but protections for parents who legally use the drug as medicine or administer it to their children are missing, panelists and audience members at the event said.

Roughly half of states currently allow medical marijuana – four of them also allow legal recreational pot use – and a handful more allow use of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound thought to have medicinal benefits that doesn’t produce a high.

Maria and Steve Green of Michigan, where residents approved a medical pot law in 2008, shared the wellreported story of officials taking away their 6-month-old daughter, Bree, in 2013. In California, the first state to set up a medical marijuana program in the 1990s, a couple sued in 2013 after their children were taken for a year because the father, a veteran, allegedly used the drug for medical purposes near them. Another California couple sued, alleging their son was sexually abused in foster care after he was taken from his San Diego home when a raid recovered pot his father says was grown for medicine.

[Despite more states legalizing medical uses of marijuana, Family Law & Cannabis Alliance co-founder Sara Arnold said:]

“there’s been no corresponding push to address child welfare laws.” She’s written draft language for ballot initiatives that would enhance protections for parents.

In states where “the best interests of the child” takes precedence over keeping families together, people in power can define those best interests as they please and force lengthy court fights that generally feature limited due process, sealed records, closed hearings and in some places no right to appeal, Arnold said.

“You can lose your child forever,” she warned.


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