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It’s the individual outrages that add up

So many stories like this one.

Magistrate Snatches Newborn From Mother Who Used Cannabis Tea for Pain Relief

Before she gave birth to her daughter, Nova, at Cleveland’s Fairview Hospital on September 26, Hollie Sanford used cannabis tea to relieve severe sciatic nerve pain. Her research convinced her marijuana was a safer choice than the painkillers she had been prescribed, and she may be right about that. […]

But Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Magistrate Eleanore Hilow, who ordered Nova’s separation from her parents because the baby and her mother tested positive for a marijuana metabolite at the hospital, does not seem interested in what science shows about cannabis and pregnancy.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Hilow rejected the recommendation of county social workers, who are usually the bad guys in cases like this. […]

“There is no need to remove this child from her parents in order to protect her,” an assistant county prosecutor wrote in an October 23 motion. “At this time, removal would only serve to disrupt the bond the child would develop with her parents during this important period in her life…Rather than protecting the child, removal may be more harmful to her both in the present and in the future.”

Hilow was unmoved by that argument.

We often hear people say “not that many are in prison for possessing marijuana” as if that’s a counter to the need for legalization.

And yet, people like this are harmed every day, in so many ways, simply because of marijuana’s illegal status.

That means that we must take every step we can to challenge and change the laws.

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7 comments to It’s the individual outrages that add up

  • Servetus

    One thing that can always be counted on in the American judicial system is the separate but unequal treatment of women.

    Drug cases get even more bizarre when adding the dispositions of public figures such as Judge Thomas F. O’Malley. Had the mother sampled a bit of ye olde Irish whiskey, O’Malley would have ruled differently. For O’Malley, the marijuana metaboloids ruling was a legislation of morality, not one based on biochemistry, nor what’s known of nurturing biology. It gets stranger.

    A civil rights lawsuit has just ended the practice of pregnancy testing women booked into Alameda County, California, jails:

    One of the women, Susan Harmon, was 69 years old when she was required to give a urine sample for a pregnancy test at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland in 2010 after she was arrested during a protest of the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant by a BART officer.

    Harmon said in the lawsuit that she told officers she could not possibly be pregnant and was “humiliated and demeaned” by the forced testing. She was released the next morning, was not charged with any crime and was never told the test result, the suit said.

    Harmon and the other two women claimed the testing violated their California constitutional right to privacy and their state and federal rights to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.

    Another plaintiff, who was arrested during a political demonstration in Oakland in 2012, said she felt “deeply distressed” and had her privacy invaded by the testing because she had been unsuccessful in trying to conceive and knew she was not pregnant.

  • Atrocity

    If babies aren’t taken away from their parents how can Kevin Sabet have sex with them?

  • DdC

    Cannabinoids Occur Naturally In Human Breast Milk

    Breastfeeding
    Along with other mammals, human beings have endocannabinoid receptors — CB1, CB2, and possibly CB3 — throughout our bodies, particularly in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal system. Endocannabinoids (endogenous, meaning naturally occurring in the body) are found during the pre- and post-natal periods, and for the rest of natural life.

    Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9WorIM0RhA
    Dr. Dreher explains her cannabis and pregnancy research study in Jamaica.

    Ganja Mothers, Ganja Babies

  • O.B.Server

    A clear violation of the non-aggression principle, using cannabis as excuse. Government initiated force to steal baby. Watch the lying government apologists try to justify kidnapping (I mean, if you pulled that stunt, it would be kidnapping), justify it by conflating marijuana into “drugs” and “narcotics”, and conflating the mother’s use of cannabis into “exposing the child” and “delivery of narcotics via the umbilical cord”. (You’d think some sinister Snidely Whiplash had held the infant down and injected the child with something poisonous – like mercury).

    Of course, lying government functionaries need to justify their existence. And that’s what we see here.

    Now, watch how few identify the initiation of force as having any bearing on the matter at all.

    Government guns? What guns? Who said anything about guns? I don’t see any government guns. And so on.

    I think most people have no problem with government initiating violence; it is just that they want government to initiate violence for their pet ideas. Hence the mental contortions.

  • DdC

    America where are you now?
    Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
    Don’t you know we need you now
    We can’t fight alone against the monster
    ~ Steppenwolf

    Ganjawar and Child Protection Racketeering

    Cops Raid Home of Idaho Marijuana Activists; Seize Child

    “In the United States right now there are
    three million children receiving stimulant drugs
    for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”
    ~ Dr. Gabor Maté

    Children taken from mom in pot raid inflame Butte

    Gulf War vet sues city of San Diego
    over pot allegations, child abduction

    Stone the disobedient children…
    ~ Deuteronomy

  • jean valjean

    A little more on ill-tempered and punitive judge Hilow, a classic prohibitionist:
    “Mary Louise Madigan, a spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, suggested Magistrate Hilow continuously makes ill-advised, unilateral decisions. “We are disappointed that this jurist regularly makes rulings disregarding the agency’s professional opinion and the opinions of other professionals in the courtroom, include [sic] guardians ad litem and other child welfare experts,” she said.
    Jacobs called the judge “ill-tempered” and claimed her “punitive decisions” were wreaking havoc on families throughout the county.”
    http://theantimedia.org/newborn-taken-away-from-mother-by-juvenile-court-for-drinking-tea-to-ease-labor-pains/