• Baby Bree Green’s mother, a medical marijuana user, continues fight for custody as the family faces Oct. 1 hearing

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    Marijuana rights activists rally in Lansing for caregiver Maria Green, whose daughter Bree was taken from her by Child Protective Services on Sept. 13. Jay Scott Smith/MLive

    Maria Green says that “it keeps getting worse” for her and her family in their continued fight to get her 6-month-old daughter Brielle “Bree” Green back into their Lansing home.

    Bree, who was removed from her parents’ home on Sept. 13, has been at the center of a battle between Child Protective Services and proponents of the state’s Medical Marijuana Act. The battle has led to rallies in Lansing and southeast Michigan, as well as the Twitter hashtag #FreeBree.

    An unexpected change in plans came on Wednesday when Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman called for a bond review hearing on Oct. 1.

    Green, 31, and her husband, Steve, are accused of violating a provision in the state’s Medical Marijuana Act that says “a person shall not be denied custody or visitation of a minor for acting in accordance with this act, unless the person’s behavior is such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the minor that can be clearly articulated and substantiated.”

    CPS declined to comment on the particulars of the case because of privacy restrictions. In a statement last week, they said the decisions to remove a child from a home are made because of the parenting situation in the home.

    Green, who also is a caregiver to five cancer patients, feels that she and her family are being wrongfully pursued by Oakland County, and that the county itself is blatantly disregarding the Medical Marijuana Act.


    Check out more on this report by Jay Scott Smith on Mlive

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