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?