In early 2015, Raymond Schwab, a navy veteran, moved to Colorado so he could grow medical marijuana for himself and other veterans. Since serving in the Gulf War, Schwab has struggled with PTSD and chronic pain, which eventually led to an addiction to pain medication and heroin. Luckily, he went into rehab and broke those habits. He eventually found that weed was the most effective antidote for his symptoms.
Before moving to Colorado, Schwab lived in Kansas, where medical marijuana is still illegal, with his wife and five of their children. Because you can’t choose your family, a relative who looked after the kids during the move took the kids to a police station, filing a report claiming that Schwab left his children to work as a marijuana grower. What The Hell! So Child Protective Services swooped in and took custody of the children. Since then, Schwab has seen his children three times. What The Bloody Hell!
Federal law still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance, so law enforcement continues to treat marijuana users the same way it treats other drug users, this despite the overwhelming difference in the potential for harm. Its marijuana people! To quote Katt Williams, it’s a plant, it just grows like that! While when you cook cocaine or other drugs you’d have to add some chemicals to it, you know, pesticide, the souls of twenty infants, “I don’t know the recipe but I’m just saying!” Just because someone medicates with marijuana doesn’t mean they are a bad parent.
Taking children away from their parents because the parents medicate with marijuana is kind of a d!ck move. Which do you think is more dangerous to a child, a parent who medicates with marijuana or one who uses heroin, or drinks themselves senseless every minute of every day? Schwab’s case is not an isolated incident. In 2014, a couple that had legal prescriptions for the marijuana in their home had their infant son taken from them. If anything, these cases are a clear indication of the flaws in the laws governing medical marijuana.
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