Family Courts Fail to Protect Children from Parents who Abuse Pot

According to an article featured on the Parents Opposed to Pot website, family courts throughout America regularly fail to protect children whose parents show signs of marijuana abuse. The article states the primary reason for this neglect is caused by father rights’ lawyers and women’s groups who are more concerned about the legal rights of the abuser parents instead of considering the best interest of children. The following three cases are examples of the courts’ failures to protect children of drug abusers.

CASE ONE: In Oregon, a state that decriminalized marijuana in 1973, a 2-year old boy was killed while in custody of his mother who admitted to daily marijuana use. On March 6, 2014, 2-year old
Cotlin Salsbury was killed by his mother’s boyfriend when he bashed the boy’s head in to the toilet. The Oregon’s Department of Human Services allowed the mother to have custody, despite noting that Cotlin tested positive for THC at birth.

CASE TWO: Peyton Bean, a 4-year old girl, was nearly killed in an auto accident on September 25, 2014 when her father, who was smoking pot while driving, crashed into a tree. Prior to the accident, Peyton’s mother sought full custody of the child since the father was abusing THC. The judge ruled otherwise.

CASE THREE: During a court ordered overnight visitation, 4-year old Javon Dade, Jr. was killed by his father’s pit bull and other dogs while playing in his father’s yard. The boy’s father and his girlfriend were passed out on drugs at the time of the fatal attack. Since the father had several drug arrests for possession and dealing, Parents Opposed to Pot questions why the courts allowed visitation.

CONCLUSION: “As the United States rushes to decriminalize marijuana and pass laws to allow medical marijuana, we can expect more children to die at the hands of violent and neglectful parents.” – Parents Opposed to Pot

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