Medical Marijuana Users Fight to Keep Infant Daughter

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

A strong message was sent to the Department of Human Services, just four days after Steve and Maria Green of Lansing Helplessly watched as their infant daughter, Bree, was taken from their care.

The reason given? The state-sanctioned medical marijuana users' home was too dangerous for their six-month-old because of the plants inside.

"It would place our residence at a higher rate of armed robbery and, therefore, was an imminent danger for my child to be removed," said Maria Green, Bree's mother.

That reason wasn't good enough for the Greens and on Tuesday, they took the fight for Bree to the doorstep of Child Protective Services, along with a crowd of supporters.

Their attorney, Joshua Covert, says the decision to take Bree violates the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

"A parent can only be deprived of custody if there's an unreasonable danger that's articulated and substantiated," he said. "This was not an unreasonable danger."

The Department of Human Services, which includes Child Protective Services, couldn't comment specifically on the Greens' case, but did say any court decision for removal is made in the child's best interest.

"We would look at parenting as being the key factor in that investigation from our standpoint," said Dave Akerly, Spokesman for DHS. "What kind of choices are the parents making when it comes to the children?"

In this case, it was the Green's decision to use marijuana after they were told not to by an Oakland County court that made it dangerous for Bree to remain in her home.

Maria Green says it was her ex-husband who initially told Child Protective Services the Green home was unfit for a child.

Mary Chartier, a Lansing medical marijuana attorney, says Oakland County is notorious for wrongfully placing charges on medical marijuana patients and adds, any charge from an Oakland County court shouldn't be given stock.

The Greens will try and prove that to an Ingham County Court, October 7.

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