It was disappointing to read the headlines recently, regarding the precedent-setting custody decision involving a parent who is a medical marijuana patient. The story got picked up nationally, and caused some consternation among parents who use medical cannabis, in Maine and elsewhere.
However, after reviewing what we know of the case, it appears that this instance has less to do with the choice of substance, and much more to do with the parenting behaviors involved.
A 2009 change to the medical marijuana law states, “A person may not be denied parental rights and responsibilities with respect to or contact with a minor child as a result of acting in accordance with this chapter, unless the person’s conduct is contrary to the best interests of the minor child.”
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