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Medicinal Marijuana Is Legal In Her State, But Somehow ANOTHER STATE Took Her Child

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Even though the legalization of medicinal marijuana is sweeping the country, parents in some states are losing custody of their children for using the drug.

Some parents are even facing felony charges and possible prison sentences for using marijuana in the wrong state, The Washington Post reported.

One of them, Amber Thurmond, saw her 9-year-old daughter seized in Kansas – where medicinal marijuana is illegal – even though Thurmond lives in Arizona, where it is legal. Thurmond’s daughter was taken by CPS after she sent the girl to live with her brother, a police officer, in Kansas. She uses medicinal marijuana to control seizures and wanted her daughter to live in Kansas while she became more financially stable.

Medicinal marijuana is legal in 23 states.

Thurmond is facing charges of emotional, physical and mental neglect in Kansas. To make matters worse, a court in Kansas has told Thurmond that the only way she can regain custody is to move to Kansas, the newspaper said.

County Attorney Charlene Brubaker, who is representing CPS in the case, denied marijuana was the issue, although Thurmond’s attorney said it in fact is. Thurmond had signed a temporary shared custody agreement with her brother in case her daughter needed medical treatment while living in Kansas, according to the website He turned his sister in to CPS, which then took the girl away from him because he was deemed unfit to be a guardian. The child is now in a foster home.

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“These mothers are being forced to choose between their health and their ability to be a parent,” Thurmond’s attorney, Sarah Swain, told The Post. “And there really is no choice to be made. We can’t be mothers if we’re so sick that we’re bedridden, or if we aren’t alive.”

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Thurmond believes her daughter was taken in an attempt to punish her for using medicinal marijuana and advocating its legalization. Before she lived in Arizona, Thurmond ran a marijuana dispensary in Castle Rock, Colorado, that was featured on the National Geographic TV show American Weed.

“I want to tell everyone I see, ‘You have children,” Thurmond told The Post. “Well, you better reconsider your usage. And yet, we can go home and drink ourselves to death and never have children removed from our homes.”

Another mom, Shona Banda, lost custody of her son and is facing seven felony charges and a possible 30-year prison term because her son mentioned her use of medicinal marijuana in a “drug education class” at school. She contends that medicinal marijuana is the only effective treatment for Crohn’s Disease, a debilitating intestinal condition. Without marijuana, she says, she is too sick to care for her son. She previously had 17 surgeries and tried other drugs. All failed.

Banda has only seen the 11-year-old boy once since March 24, when CPS took him away. School officials called both police and CPS when they heard of the medicinal marijuana use.

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Banda uses an oil made from marijuana to treat the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease, which, untreated, can lead to death.

“I spent years raising my children from a couch, not being able to move much,” Banda said of life before marijuana. “I wasn’t able to be a proper mother when I was sick. And now I’m a fantastic mother.”

She added, “I’m very afraid. I cannot believe that I could be facing 30 years in prison for trying to save my life.”

She told The Post that some of the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease have returned since police seized her marijuana. Banda also thinks that she might die without it.

Banda’s son is now in the custody of his father, Banda’s ex-husband.

The Post reported that authorities in in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania have removed children because parents used marijuana that would be legal in other states.

Do you believe parents should be allowed to use medicinal marijuana? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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  1. Correction….medical cannabis IS legal in MI and kids are STILL being taken for that reason anyway.

  2. I think this is one of those cases where you need to follow the money. These kids aren’t being removed from their homes for their protection. They are being kidnapped for profit. One day this is going to blow up in their faces and a whole lot of people are going to go to jail.

  3. I am a person that can’t stand the smell of cannabis. I live in a state where it is not legal. With that said, my doctor wants me to use it for dementia. I have family in states where it is legal, so for our next vacation, I will be trying it. Fortunately I don’t have to worry about kids.

  4. Its legal in CA too, and children are being taken there too.

  5. I’m in chronic pain. I DONT use illegal drugs to control it. I make an effort everyday to interact with my kids. I have A pain clinic. I go the route you’re supposed to. The meds don’t work and there are times I’m unable to do much BUT I always make an effort to do my best no matter how much pain I’m in or how little sleep I’ve had. I don’t need illegal drugs to make me a better mom.

    • We’ll good for you. So what? For many including myself, cannabis is the ONLYthing that works. Cannabis has only been illegal for reasons of GREED. Have fun with your ‘legal’ drugs. Oxyies are legal, but are highly addictive and easily ODed on. Same with many other ‘legal’ drugs… It is IMPOSSIBLE to OD on Cannabis and only ppl with an addictive personality are likely to become addicted.
      Becides that. Drop any sort of pill on the floor and not see it you could end up with a Dead or seriously injured child. Drop some weed on the floor and not notice… IF the kid even puts in in their mouth it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY they will even try to chew, much less swallow it cause of it’s unappealable texture. A dab, likely will have them trippin for a long time but not injure or kill them… So much for ‘legal’ drugs = safe..
      Try educating yourself.
      Loose the holier than though attitude.

    • P.S. Playing the Martyr is PATHETIC!!

  6. The so called war on drugs started with that nest of vipers called the u.n., meanwhile the dea and the cia fly in drugs by the ton from over seas.

  7. Typical police state of mind cop of a brother she has….

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