Last Friday a Michigan court ordered the state's Child Protective Services to return an 8-month-old baby to her pot-using parents, the Detroit Free Press reports. Six weeks ago—on Friday the 13th—state officials took aim at medical marijuana activists Steve and Maria Green, and child welfare agents were sent in to steal "Baby Bree" and her older sibling from their home under armed police guard.
The case started as a domestic battle between divorced spouses when Maria's ex-husband filed family court motions aimed at getting custody of the couple's elementary-school-aged son. The filing focused on Maria and Steve's medical marijuana use and outspoken advocacy, and a prohibitionist judge agreed with him.
"It is reasonable to assume that marijuana is being grown in that home with children being present, and that is dangerous for children to be involved in that situation," said family court Judge Rod Porter, according to the Lansing Online News. "We have homes being robbed at gunpoint by individuals who know that children are at home."
Worried that gun-toting crooks could enter the homes of law-abiding citizens while children are present to steal their cannabis, the judge ordered gun-toting crooks to enter the Green's home to kidnap their children. This despite the fact that Michigan's medical cannabis law states that patients "shall not be denied custody or visitation of a minor for acting in accordance with this act."
Such cases are not uncommon, it seems. In August, two-year-old Alexandria Hill was murdered by abusive foster parents after Texas officials kidnapped the toddler from her pot-smoking parents. Idaho police kidnapped kids from three outspoken medical cannabis activists earlier this year. Same story in California. Same story in Oregon.
Outraged by the increasing use of kidnapping to retaliate against medical cannabis activists, a group called Moms for Marijuana has launched a campaign to call for and end to this madness. The push began after a Washington State judge refused to return Billy Fisher's daughter until he quits his medical cannabis treatments. Like Michigan, Washington State law clearly states that medical pot will not affect patient custody rights. Cannabis advocates are planning rallies across the country on November 12 to demand and end to retributory kidnapping.