Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I can't believe I'm asking this, but... any of you who live in states where medical marijuana use is legal know whether use may be approved for kids in care? Or does the state want to stay far, far away from that thorny issue? And do you know if there are problems where parents using medical marijuana are having their kids taken away?

If you don't want to make public the state that you live in, you can send me an email: frumfostermom - at - gmail - dot - com.

1 comment:

  1. In our state, there have been a number of cases where medical marijuana use (on the part of the parent), standing alone, is not sufficient grounds to remove kids from their home. However, the courts have also held that medical marijuana use can be used as a reason to remove kids, where the marijuana use presents a non-speculative risk of harm to the children.

    If parents are using marijuana in the presence of children or are impaired around their kids, then that might be sufficient reason to justify removal.

    Our state allows the use of medical marijuana in children, but in the case of a foster child, permission would have to come by way of court order, and couldn't be authorized by a birth parent, foster parent or social worker. Generally speaking, it's pretty tough to get permission for medical marijuana for minor kids. Usually it's only given to older kids suffering from terminal disease.