Domino Effect in Marijuana Decriminalization
Also, Dr. Sanjay Gupta switches to pro-medical marijuana side.
Published: December 30, 2013
The other child is Bree Green. Bree wasn’t treated with marijuana for an illness, but she and her family were treated badly because of marijuana. The state Department of Human Services removed 6-month-old Bree from her home because her parents, Steve and Maria Green, are medical marijuana patients.
Her father treats his epilepsy with it. Her mother has multiple sclerosis and is a caregiver. Somehow a Child Protective Services worker decided the home was inherently dangerous because robbers could show up to steal the marijuana.
It took the Greens a couple of months to get their child back, and they were forced to take parenting classes. Also Bree has to take monthly drug tests to certify that she is not being exposed to marijuana smoke.
This case highlights how the War on Drugs is used to tear apart families as “punishment” for drug use. When activists stepped up to support the Greens financially and legally, the state dropped its stupid case and returned Bree to her parents. This goes on regularly with authorities seizing people’s children and their property in order to pursue their expensive and losing war. Steve Green said he was willing to die for his daughter, but there is no reason why the state should make him chose between effective medication and having his child.
In sum, it’s been a big year. There have been setbacks — and people are still being arrested and terrorized — but we’re seeing substantial wins at an unprecedented pace. For instance, the feds claim they will not interfere with state-licensed sales in Washington and Colorado. Let’s keep it up in 2014.
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