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Baby Bree's Mother Speaks Out About Possible New Medical Marijuana Bill

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The mother involved in a recent court case where her 8-month-old baby was taken away because of her and her husband's medical marijuana use reacts to a newly proposed bill.



Maria Green holds Baby Bree close as she calls a newly introduced medical marijuana bill unfair. "It directly singles out medical marijuana patients that are parents," said Green.



The bill could allow judges to deem marijuana users unfit parents. Green says the two have nothing to do with each other.

"Medical marijuana users are not automatically irresponsible people," she says.


The Greens grow their marijuana behind two locked doors, far out of reach from their children and in accordance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.


"If they have a legitimate need and they're careful around their children, I have no objection," said Sen. Rick Jones.


Sen. Jones says he does have an objection to irresponsible use. "That's the judge's power to understand whether medical marijuana is necessary to be used by parents," he clarifies.


If judges deem marijuana use "unnecessary" based on medical records, they could order patients to stop using the drug or take it another step and remove their parenting rights.

Green says she shouldn't be treated differently than anyone else with a prescription.

"Signing over a medical record has always been and should always be a voluntary thing."


She reached out to supporters to begin a statewide call campaign, urging senators to vote against the bill. "It's not going to be a one day thing. We're going to spread it out so that they keep hearing from us."


Green says Baby Bree is still skittish from her time away from the family. She doesn't want any other families to go through the same thing.

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