Vancouver, British Columbia: Children residing in homes where marijuana is cultivated do not suffer from adverse health effects at any greater rate than do comparable children in cannabis-free environments, according to a study in press in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
A pair of investigators with the University of British Columbia, School of Social Work compared the household, family and individual characteristics of 181 children found living in homes with cannabis grow operations in two regions in British Columbia, Canada.
Data was collected on site regarding the physical characteristics of the homes, the health characteristics of the children residing in the homes, and the adolescents' prescription drug history. Investigators also compared the rates of the subjects' prescription drug use with that of a group of children from the same geographic areas.
Researchers reported "no significant difference between the health of the children living in cannabis grow operations and the comparison group of children, based on their prescription history and their reported health at the time."
They concluded: "The findings of this study challenge contemporary child welfare approaches and have implications for both child protection social workers and the policymakers who develop frameworks for practice. ... Although there is little argument that the physical hazards found in cannabis grow-operations pose a risk to children and adults living in the homes, the associated health risks are not as clear. Policymakers involved in establishing frameworks and protocols for responding to these unique child welfare cases must consider the absence of clinical evidence to indicate these children are unwell and whether there are grounds for child welfare intervention." http://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955...2/abstract
But how many were getting high on their own supply? Obviously growing MJ isn't gonna hurt the kids.
If I appear to be ignoring your posts, it's probably because you are on my ignore list.
The problem, at least as far as I see it, is that you are willing to throw the book at her based on a *lot* of conjecture and assumptions on your part:
I'll readily admit that I tend to take a hard-line approach to drug users and drug dealers, but I would throw the book at her based on facts (according to the article in the OP).
Rachelle Braaten, 24, of Centralia, Washington, was smoking with friends when she allegedly allowed her 22-month-old toddler to put his face over a large bong, according to Komo news.
The facts are that the woman allowed her son to smoke dope. It is also a fact that that action is illegal. It is a fact that the commission of that crime is a felony which carries a prison sentence as punishment.
They have charged her with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, as well as a charge of manufacturing marijuana.
It is also a fact that she does not deny the action.
Ms Braaten told them: “Well, it was like, you can't see in the camera, but the person taking it, and then there was like a group of people there. And I guess it was a joke and a stupid mistake that wasn't really funny.”
She claims the boy’s behaviour did not change after he took the hit but admitted she felt “horrible” about the incident.
“He's two and he shouldn't have known about that”, Braaten said. “He shouldn't have that in his body.”
You don't know what the environment was like, but you're advocating removing the child from her nonetheless.
It is a fact that the residence was being used for a marijuana growing operation.
When the police’s anti-crime unit went to check on the boy, they found firearms and 40 marijuana plants in the house.
Although possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is legal in Washington State, it remains illegal to grow marijuana for recreational purposes.
Tyler Lee, Braaten’s fiancée and father of the toddler, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and manufacturing marijuana.
Lee, who claims to be a medicinal user of cannabis, was not there when the reported incident occurred but allegedly confessed to selling marijuana to a dispensary.
At least you call for some review here.
Not guesses, but statements of probability based on observations of similar situations......
More guesses. Just because someone grows something doesn't mean their children have to see it. Ever hear of an attic? Or a closet? Both can be locked. You don't know they weren't.
Now who's guessing here? The children are in the environment - that's a fact, if they live in the same house. An environment where an illegal substance is manufactured for sale or distribution. An environment where felony criminal activity is occurring. An environment where criminals are conducting business.
Good questions! Ones that should be answered, not guessed if we are going to remove a child from their natural parents.
It is a fact that the facts above are more than sufficient for CPS to take serious action to protect the child. Any additional information that would result from further questions or investigation would only add to the justification, not create the justification.
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