Supporters Hoping 'Baby Bree' Case Sets Precedent for Future Cases

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
While the fight to get Bree home is over, the battle to protect medical marijuana patients

Maria and Steve Green take questions Friday evening from the media during a press conference after regaining custody of their 8-month-old daughter Bree.

"We really hope this issue created enough precedent in the media and with the citizens of Michigan and our officials so that this won't happen again,"

-- Robin Schneider, Michigan Moms United

It was a reunion more than a month in the making.

After being taken from the Green's home in September by Child Protective Service, Baby 'Bree' Brielle is back with her parents.

It was all smiles with the couple holding a press conference Friday afternoon at their attorney's office in East Lansing.

"I feel like a million bucks and we're over the moon that she's back home with us," Maria Green said during the press conference.

"We feel like we're a family again, we're complete again and so that's really fantastic."

They still have to meet requirements ordered by the judge including having to submit to random home visits, parenting classes, and drug testing until January.

The testing will be done to make sure they're not using illegal drugs but they won't be punished for using medical marijuana.

While the fight to get Bree home is over, the battle to protect medical marijuana patients' rights in Michigan is not.

But the Green family and other supporters are hopeful their ordeal will keep other families from having to go through what they did.

"A parent shouldn't have to worry about losing their children because of the natural form of medication they choose to use," said Robin Schneider with Michigan Moms United and the National Patients Rights Association.

"This is a widespread issue, we are seeing parental rights being threatened all over the state."

Schneider said she's optimistic the Green's case will be a game-changer for other medical marijuana using parents in the state.

"We really hope this issue created enough precedent in the media and with the citizens of Michigan and our officials so that this won't happen again," she said.

"Medical marijuana patients are supposed to be afforded the protections in the act."

Steve and Maria Green say they are far from the only parents in the state facing an issue like this. Steve tells us they've been personally contacted by more than 30 families looking for help, fighting for their rights as medical marijuana patients.

"I hope that it'll have a very positive impact on other families, on how protective services treats other medical marijuana patients," Maria said.

"I hope everyone can kind of learn from the situation that has happened here and do everything in their power to not go through the trauma of taking a child away."

Steve said there's talk now of getting a 'Free Bree' bill going in the legislature to add more specific protections to the state's medical marijuana act.

It's a move that Constance Taylor, who is both a parent and a medical marijuana user, supports.

"The more attention that we can get on the legislation and how this law has been abused since the voters enacted, the better," Taylor said.

The Greens will keep using the 'Free Bree' website as a fundraising tool for kids and families in similar situations with Child Protective Services.


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