Steve Green, who legally uses pot to treat multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, had his 6-month-old daughter removed from his home.
The state of Michigan is removing children from the homes of people who are licensed to use medicinal marijuana, causing outrage among medical experts and well-fare advocates.
Among those who recently lost their children are Steve and Maria Green. Steve Green uses marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. On Friday, an Ingham County judge ordered the removal of 6-month-old Bree Green, saying the presence of marijuana makes them a target for a break-in.
On Tuesday, supporters of the Greens and others who had their children taken gathered outside of Lansing’s Department of Human Services, which handles the medical marijuana law.
“This is just one of many widespread incidents throughout Michigan involving CPS (child protection services) agencies that disregard the clearly written protections provided in the Act,” said Michigan Moms United Founder Charmie Gholson. ”Moms United calls on the state to immediately return this infant to her parents, and adhere to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.”
The Greens and other families said they are loving, responsible parents who were following the law.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie lives off the electrical grid in a solar-powered home on a 1,200-acre farm in the Appalachian foothills. The first-year congressman and engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology built the house from lumber he logged and milled.
The Kentucky Republican also lives off the grid politically. Just a few weeks after his election, he helped spearhead an unsuccessful coup against House Speaker John Boehner and has since voted regularly against party priorities.
The defiant posture of Mr. Massie and a dozen or more like-minded conservatives has changed the agenda in Washington. In a capital where partisan power is nearly evenly balanced, he and a small but committed group of new House activists have discovered that they have the ability to block not just Democrats but their own party's leaders—and they are willing to use it.
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