Question is will Illinois follow the same assault on families. Does medical marijuana equal bad parenting? The appearance cps = abuse of families to promote more federal dollars.

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

The tragic moment couple beg to keep their baby after authorities find medical marijuana they are ALLOWED to use in the house

PUBLISHED: 22:37 EST, 16 March 2014 | UPDATED: 07:42 EST, 17 March 2014

The tragic moment a child was taken from his parents because they were deemed unfit for smoking medical marijuana has been captured on tape.

Napa, California, couple Shawnee and Aaron Hillyer are heard in a recording begging to know why authorities had decided to take their 11-month-old child away.

Just minutes earlier, Aaron was arrested and taken into custody after police discovered loose marijuana, cannabis oil, and marijuana cigarettes on the desk in the couple’s living room, which they say smelled strongly of marijuana.

‘Why are you doing this?’ Shawnee asks the officers desperately.

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Taken: Medical marijuana users Shawnee and Aaron Hillyer, pictured with their son, are heard in a recording begging to know why authorities had decided to take the 11-month-old child away

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Taken: Medical marijuana users Shawnee and Aaron Hillyer, pictured with their son, are heard in a recording begging to know why authorities had decided to take the 11-month-old child away

‘Your baby doesn’t need to be subjected to marijuana,’ an officer replies, in the recording made by Shawnee on her cell phone and published by CNN as part of a recent episode of ‘Sanjay Gupta MD.’

But the couple are in fact legally allowed to smoke pot.

Aaron is prescribed medical marijuana for anxiety and chronic pain while Shawnee has prescriptions for depression and anxiety.

They say police were called to their home in the January incident after a neighbor heard the couple fighting loudly – an anomaly, they say.

The reporting officers entered the property and found the marijuana. However, the drug and paraphernalia were all out of the child’s reach.

‘We would never allow our children to get into our medical marijuana,’ Aaron told CNN.

Medical use: A police video shows the moment police found the drugs in the couple's living room after a fight in January

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Medical use: A police video shows the moment police found the drugs in the couple’s living room after a fight in January

Legal: Aaron Hillyer is prescribed medical marijuana for anxiety and chronic pain as per his ID card, right, while Shawnee has prescriptions for depression and anxiety, left

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Legal: Aaron Hillyer is prescribed medical marijuana for anxiety and chronic pain as per his ID card, right, while Shawnee has prescriptions for depression and anxiety, left

Desperate: Aaron is seen on police video pleading with officers that he and Shawnee are good parents

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Desperate: Aaron is seen on police video pleading with officers that he and Shawnee are good parents

‘I told them we had our cards, our prescriptions,’ said the 27-year-old. ‘They didn’t want to see them.’

According to police video, a social worker then arrives at the home and decides to place the child in foster care.

‘I was pleading with them, “Look, you guys, I understand your perception, but we are wonderful parents, hardworking members of our community,”‘ Aaron, 34, told CNN.

‘They could not conceive of the fact that you can be a wonderful parent, a decent human being, and medicate with marijuana.’

The little boy, Sage, spent a total of 12 days in care, which Aaron described as ‘a nightmare.’

This family is not the only one caught in the middle of marijuana legalization and decades-old rules that trigger the removal of children when marijuana is found in the home.

Foster home: The child, pictured with his mom, was in foster care for 12 days

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Foster home: The child, pictured with his mom, was in foster care for 12 days

Caring parent: 'They could not conceive of the fact that you can be a wonderful parent, a decent human being, and medicate with marijuana,' Aaron said

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Caring parent: ‘They could not conceive of the fact that you can be a wonderful parent, a decent human being, and medicate with marijuana,’ Aaron said

Maria Green, a medical marijuana patient in Lansing, Michigan, whose infant daughter Bree was placed in foster care last year, told CNN: ‘The judges, the police, CPS (child protective services) have been fighting this war on drugs for so long.

‘They just can’t get it out of their minds that this is an “evil” drug they have to fight against.’

Most medical marijuana legislation does not cater to this complexity and it makes matters worse that while medical marijuana use is legal in 20 states and D.C., the federal Drug Enforcement Administration affirms there is ‘no currently accepted medical use in the United States.’

According to Michael Weston, deputy director of public affairs and outreach programs at the California Department of Social Services, medical marijuana found in the home is treated the same as heroin or ecstasy.

‘CPS handles (cases) the same way regardless of what the drug … is,’ he said. ‘Everything is weighed in reference to, “Is this a danger to the child? Is there a potential harm to the child? Is this showing signs of abuse or neglect?”‘

There is little research available on how medical marijuana impacts parenting or if social workers need to be concerned when they find out this is happening in the home.

Shawnee and Aaron claim their son is healthy, happy and well-cared for. they both are gainfully employed and have supportive families.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2582452/The-tragic-moment-couple-beg-baby-authorities-medical-marijuana-ALLOWED-use-house.html#ixzz2wKAuEtzY
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