I’m jumping for joy! This is the best news we’ve received in quite some time! Bree should be home either tomorrow or Monday!! The trial will not be happening on Monday!

So here are the details: Significant progress has been made in the case that will allow Bree to come home where she belongs and which will not give the court jurisdiction over her! Therefore, there is no plea, there is no sacrifice of the integrity of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. It is as though we are going back in time to go through steps that CPS should have offered before ever petitioning the court to remove her!

As long as we continue to show that we are being reasonable and they can be reasonable, all should be dropped at a review hearing in 30 days! And if not, we continue the fight exactly where we left off!

We get to have our baby home! And this should mean I get to see my son very shortly also! This is a great thing for us as a family and hopeful they’ve seen where they’ve gone wrong in dealing with Medical Marijuana Patients in Michigan!


Under Attack

Today, in a direct blow to the Free Bree case, Michigan Senator Rick Jones introduced a bill that would be disastrous to all parents who are also medical marijuana patients in Michigan. This bill states that if the parents legal use of marijuana “MIGHT BE” interfering with their ability to care for their child, the courts will be allowed to mandate:

- that the parent STOP their cannabis treatment

- that the parents MUST sign a medical release form to view all medical records

- that the parent MUST submit to an “independent” (read court’s) medical exam to determine if the marijuana is actually necessary

In other words, if someone doesn’t like you (like an ex) and makes a complaint with CPS, your entire medical treatment plan can be ripped apart! You will be forced to give up your constitutional rights to privacy and medical treatment as you see fit!

If this was approved last year – Bree’s dad would have continued having seizures. Any one of those seizures could have ended his life or put him in a vegetative state. We would have been stripped of our HIPAA rights. And a doctor paid for by the court would NEVER had said that marijuana was the only thing necessary to treat his seizures! (The Federal Government makes it illegal to say that ANY natural remedy actually treats anything, much less that it is “necessary”. A doctor who said that would lose their license to practice) The court-funded doctor would have instructed him to go back on the pills that nearly ruined our lives.

What can you do?

    • Call your Senator! Click this link or the one in the sidebar to find out who your Senator is. Not sure what to say? Keep reading for a list of ideas.
    • Clickthis link to go to facebook and share the memes everywhere you can think of! The walls of fellow patients, in MMJ groups, in Activism groups, and on pages of businesses and non-profits.
    • Write to the News Media and let them know you are outraged by the introduction of this bill.
    • Subscribe to our newsletter in the sidebar to keep up-to-date about this bill and how it is progressing.
    • Tell your friends to call their senators too!

 

Not sure what to say?

  • It is not appropriate for the state to take our health care into their own hands. The right to choose healthcare is your own, and your doctor and you are the experts of your health. Is it appropriate for the government to intervene in this relationship and take over your health care choices?
  • We demand to be treated with the same respect that is afforded to other, more traditional patients. Someone who is using a prescription of Keppra or Xanax or Morphine for their severe medical condition would not be mandated to stop their treatment under an accusation made to CPS. The courts would not be allowed to view all medical records or change the treatment just because they may not say that the prescription was necessary. These amendments are an attack on marijuana patients only. There is no other class of people that is called out specifically in Child Protection Laws. DISCRIMINATION
  • This bill takes away the right to be presumed innocent. If you have to face consequences and penalties (by not having treatment for your serious or debilitating condition) just because your treatment COULD be affecting your parenting, then you are already being treated as though you are guilty of letting that treatment affect your parenting.
  • Talk about Baby Bree and how this bill would have affected her. Tell them that you support the Green family and the family’s choice to stop his seizures naturally. And how a good loving family would have been destroyed by this bill.
  • Talk about the incessant attacks on marijuana patients in Michigan and we’re TIRED of it! We’re sick… we shouldn’t have to fight both our illness and the government!
  • Tell them that you know that someone can be both a bad parent AND a marijuana user – but one does not cause the other. If a person was going to ignore their children, they would do it whether they used marijuana or not. A parent who shows evidence of abusing or neglecting their child should go through services and proceed to trial just the same as every other parent, and based only on the evidence of the abuse or neglect, NOT on the evidence of marijuana use. Since there are already laws that provide for the removal of children in a bad situation, this bill is an unnecessary form of torture for sick parents going through investigations.
  • Do you think it is right to force a parent to choose between their health (or life) and their child?

 

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At this very moment I’m walking up and down the sidewalk holding a sign that says “free my sunshine”. I’m using voice to text-so please excuse any grammatical errors.

Only a couple miles down the road, a big U of M football game is preparing to begin. The building of the washtenaw county service center looks vacant. But the reality is that a very important hearing is taking place inside. It is in regards to seven-day-old nursing baby Layla, who was forcibly taken from her mother’s arms the night before Thanksgiving.

Certainly, only terrible abuse or neglect would warrant the removal of such a young infant the night before a holiday, right? As you probably know, that is not the case. Layla lived in a clean home, was well fed, and has never been abused. The removal order states The reason for this drastic measure as being “noncompliance with CPS requests”.

Some people will read that and say, “then she was asking for it. She should have done what they asked.” I contend that is still not a reason to remove a bonding nursing infant from its mother. And what if the requests were unreasonable? What if they thought she was lying about not knowing the father of her baby, and demanding she release his name? What if they request that you set aside your constitutional rights in order to mollify their wishes? Or what if they lied altogether about making requests simply because they saw the price tag on this easy target?

Nothing less than actual harm – that is what removal orders should be used for. We as a people need to be more concerned with preserving a family and protecting the mother-child bond that is so fragile in infancy.

Please write to the Washtenaw County Family Courts , and ask that they return baby Layla to her loving mother.


Now that the baby’s back, you may be wondering where we will be going from here…

Well, we are officially becoming the Free Bree Foundation. We will continue to operate and focus on families being attacked by CPS for any reason, but particularly for marijuana cases. I will continue fundraising to pay for experts who can testify at trials to the safety of marijuana. I also want to use some of our funds to pay for research that will help families during trial also.

One of the research studies I’d like to do is on the hair-testing of infants. Testing like this is extremely rare and I believe we were blindsided by having this test done on Bree. I couldn’t find info on any other infant having a hair follicle test done, and I’d like to see what, if any, other things can contribute to the miniscule positive results we got on Bree’s test.

Another series of tests I’d like to have done has to do with breastfeeding moms who use marijuana. The research has already been done to show that children are not negatively affected by THC in the breastmilk. What I’m wondering is at what point does the THC metabolize and if the child is even getting THC in the breastmilk or if they’re getting the metabolite. This should be a relatively easy study, but I need a lactating woman who uses marijuana on a regular basis. If this is you, please contact me.

I’m also planning on having several links, seminars, and education for families who are going through the system. I just had a friend contact me this weekend who has just had a run-in with CPS and the police regarding marijuana.

ALSO: There is a rally across the nation on November 12, 2013 to express outrage at the Child Protection System. The one in Michigan is in Lansing at the DHS headquarters and it starts at noon. If you’ve been a victim of CPS, bring your empty strollers or other memorabilia of your children. (Something visual is best) Put a picture of them out. Prepare to talk to the media if you feel comfortable. The goal of this is to educate the public and make an outcry to change the CPS system or disband it altogether.

Please keep up-to-date on our page. There are many important things coming up that you will want to make sure you are a part of. Also – the website will be changing a bit so don’t be surprised when you see some new things! Thanks for supporting Bree!


Wow! We had our Celebration for the case being dropped out of Oakland County paired with the fundraiser to raise money for expert testimony at the Bree Trial.

We couldn’t have been so successful without the contributions from several sponsors in the community. Bryan Rice cooked us some amazing barbeque pulled pork and chicken for sandwiches. Everyone loved the magical food! Rick Thompson was the Emcee who really livened the crowd! Great job everyone!

We started the afternoon with DJ Trivia all about Marijuana.  The questions were a little tricky and designed to help people learn some facts about cannabis. Everyone had a lot of fun the prizes were awesome. Our Comedienne Lisa Semerad had several people in stitches with her crude humor. Then we ended the party with a series of speakers. Joshua Covert, David Rudoi, Gersh Avery, Robin Schneider, and the Green’s all spoke about the importance of this case in Michigan and how the state has violated the law and how we will fight to get Bree back home.

We were able to raise just enough money to pay for 2 expert witnesses. They will both be instrumental in educating the public to the safety of marijuana and breaking the stigma of cannabis as medicine. I think they will help the overall culture of marijuana in Michigan when it comes to parenting and children, and could even prove to be significant nationwide. I am very hopeful for the outcome of the trial with these experts coming.

Now we just need to pray for clarity of the jurors.



Today is the one month “anniversary” of the day Bree was taken from our loving arms, though the word “anniversary” seems to imply something that should be celebrated. This is definitely not something for celebration. I’ve lost about 15% of her life – time that could never ever be replaced. Time that is filled with more changes than you can count. Inches grown, ounces gained, teeth emerged, crawling learned – just a few of the things that we’ve had to miss: just a few of the things I will never have memories of.

And all of this suffering and pain and loss over a plant?! Over an allegation?! Over the choice to successfully treat an illness when no other treatments worked?!

I know my ex is watching this site – he has started to defame our character yet again by posting comments on media links as “anonymous”. I wonder how a person can have such a tremendous amount of hate in their soul that they go to any length to destroy another family. It must be a miserable existence. It’s definitely not the way I would want to live my life.

He maintains that there are parts of the story I’m leaving out. It’s interesting how liars always accuse others of lying. I’m not going to tell you otherwise. I encourage everyone to come to the trial and see for yourself. If there’s parts of the story I’m leaving out, you will see it then. I’m certain my readers are intelligent enough to decipher the truth.

In the meantime - it’s already been a month since my poor infant child has been gone, and it will probably be at least 2 more weeks. On one hand I want that time to fly by so I have her back sooner. On the other hand I know we have so much to do before trial starts that I’m already wondering how I’m going to fit it all in. So while I can’t pray for less time or more time, I can pray for peace while all this takes place.


The emotional support we’ve gotten from you guys, the public, our peers, has been awesome. I love every bit of it! It really gives me the strength to keep going!

The unfortunate reality is that Bree’s case could make or break CPS investigations involving marijuana in the future, both medical and recreational use. What happens here is of vital importance to all parents who are cannabis users. It is very important that we put our best foot forward, and in order to do that, we need your help.

We have a few esteemed experts lined up to testify on our behalf. I’m truly thankful for these people and I think only with their help can we come out on top. But experts do cost money. We’re looking at $6,000 or more that we need ASAP so these experts can start making travel reservations.

So if you hear anyone asking why we may need to have a fundraiser, encourage them to read this. On a personal level, Bree is at stake. On a community level, all of our kids are at stake. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity!!!


Tomorrow should have been the start of our trial. The end should have been near. Reality is that it’s too far off.

I see pictures of my baby more than I actually see her. I barely recognize her. Babies grow and change so quickly. I wish I could freeze time so she wouldn’t grow anymore and I wouldn’t miss one more milestone or moment of her young fleeting life!

I don’t see any pictures of my son. I try to write him letters, but I’m sure they get tossed in the garbage before they are ever given to him. Technically I’m allowed to see him, CPS dropped him from the petition to remove my kids from me. Practically, I can’t do it. His dad has successfully removed me from his life. The school doesn’t call me, the police won’t follow the court order, the judge is waiting on the CPS case to be over. Meanwhile, I’ve lost nearly 6 months of my son’s life in the last year.

I miss his random hugs. I miss him calling me mommy. I miss his smile. I even miss his excitement about telling me every last detail of the latest movie he saw. He loves movies and video games. When he was younger I would let him watch Monsters, Inc. In the opening credits there is a funky jazz piece that plays and he would always (and suddenly) jump up and dance doing a quick high-step of his feet all around the living room!

I have no idea how’s he’s doing in school. I didn’t get to participate in any tooth fairy activities. When he was 3, I had him at a playground with his step-siblings. He fell and busted his lip with his teeth. I was in an unfamiliar area and it took us a while to find an urgent-care center. By the time we go there, he no longer needed stitches because it finally stopped bleeding. A month or so later we knew that the damage had gone deep into his top left tooth because it was a bit blackened. I wanted to keep that tooth. The one that caused so much pain the day I held him close as he bled all over me. I’m sure its gone now.

I won’t stop trying to get him back. I know there will be pain associated with this time frame of his life. I know that he will have to come face-to-face with the lies his father told him and the emotional torture he put him through. I only hope that I can act in a manner wise enough to decrease that pain as much as possible. I’ve been vary careful not to inflict more confusion and agony than is already being dealt by the other side. I hope one day he can heal and he can know that I’ve always loved him and I always fought for him, even though he may not have seen it.


Our criminal charges have been dropped!!!

After the prosecutor finally had a chance to review medical records and talk to Steve’s doctor, he made the decision to drop all charges saying that he was not interested in pursuing prosecutions on genuine patients who legitimately use cannabis for treatment.

This has been a 10-month long nightmare of a process which has taught us many things about the Justice System. We started the Michigan chapter of The Human Solution to help others through the process as well. I’m glad that part is over for us, though THS-Michigan will still be active.

Now we can move forward with our sole focus on the fight to get Bree home!

For more information on the dropped charges, read here: http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-9388-charges-dropped-against-greens.html