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Child custody case centers on medical marijuana use

A couple is faced with losing their parental rights in a case that has garnered media attention in Colorado and across the nation. The couple have five children, all of whom were removed from their parents' care by the Department of Children and Families in their state of residence. According to the parents, that child custody move was done to prevent the family from moving to Colorado, where the parents would have access to legal medical marijuana.

The father of five served in the Navy and was active during the Gulf War. He asserts that he has used medical marijuana to treat PTSD related to those years of service. He and his wife have been fighting for the return of their children for more than two years and are currently facing a hearing in which the state is seeking to terminate their parental rights.

They have recently received the assistance of a team of attorneys who are experts in medical marijuana advocacy. That may make a difference in their legal struggles, especially as they near the end of their legal options in the matter. The parents claim that the state has altered the requirements for having the children returned to their care, which is a source of frustration to the family. It also appears that extended family members have not been supportive of returning the children to their parental home.

As this case moves forward, parents in Colorado and elsewhere will follow the proceedings. Even in states where medical marijuana has been legalized, parents can still encounter significant child custody challenges based on their use of the drug. It is unclear how the issue will be handled as more and more states move to legalize medical marijuana, but there is no doubt that cases such as this one are extremely distressing to the parents involved.

Source: denver.cbslocal.com, "Couple Fighting For Custody Of Kids Gets Help From Medical Pot Advocates", Jeff Todd, June 12, 2017

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