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FruityBud

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A Michigan father is in jeopardy of losing custody of his 10-year-old daughter, all because he can legally smoke marijuana.

Livingston Thompson Jr. has epilepsy.

He's been dealing with it for 20 years, and according to him, nothing has really helped except for the marijuana.

"It relaxes me. I'm not as stressed. I discovered that my epileptic seizures -- some of them are stress activated," says Thompson.

Still, his medication of choice could cost him his daughter, Shylynn.

"If I lost custody of my daughter it would crush me. They'd probably see a lot more episodes," he says.

That's something Shylynn can't handle.

"If my daddy lost custody of me I'd be sad, just as sad as he would be if he lost custody of me. Because my dad has had me for ten years. And I don't want to lose my dad," says Shylynn.

Last year, Thompson spanked his daughter and Child Protective Services was called.

It was decided that Shylynn wasn't in any danger and could return home, but Thompson now has to get periodic drug testing.

"I explained to the judge that should be modified because my client has a medical marijuana card," says attorney Charles Ford.

The judge has decided that marijuana is not the best treatment for his epilepsy and that it's in the best interest of the child that the parents are drug free.

The bigger question here is, with a state law that's so unclear, could other parents fall into the same situation?

"If he tested positive there's a strong possibility that he could lose his child," says Ford.

Thompson says this is a fight he can't afford to lose.

"I don't want to lose my family," adds Shylynn.

Thompson can choose to appeal the judge's decision.

He can make the case that his medical marijuana does not impair his judgment as a father and that he needs it for his medical condition.

If he doesn't appeal, then he has to stop using, otherwise she could be taken from the household.

An appeal would be precedent-setting because this is really the first time a judge has interpreted the law like this.

If the decision stands, then similar cases could have the same outcome.

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Totally against the law as it stands, the judge isn't acting lawfully. Appeal dammit, appeal!
 

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I liked how the judge acted the part of a medical professional and said that marijuana was not the best choice for the condition. I think he has promoted himself from a judge of the judicial courts to imposing the law of an opinionated *** hole.
 

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IMO the only thing that judge is good for is" a backstop for a bullet"
 
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Erbal said:
I liked how the judge acted the part of a medical professional and said that marijuana was not the best choice for the condition. I think he has promoted himself from a judge of the judicial courts to imposing the law of an opinionated *** hole.
Exactly!
 

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*sigh* total (that's really edited?), more simple form, bull crap! ( wasn't spelled out, was just 2 letters. Sorry if that was too offensive, but I find this story worthy of harsher words than bull crap)
 

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That judge is a total asshat....why do we even bother having doctors if judges can ultimately make our medical decisions for us?
 

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The judge has decided that marijuana is not the best treatment for his epilepsy and that it's in the best interest of the child that the parents are drug free.
So now its the "honorable DOCTOR a$sh@t Esquire" that has done years of research and study with internships in the treatment of Epilepsy. All the while practicing law for years and years...then appointed judge.
we got ourselves a regular savant here. :rolleyes:
 

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