Does Medical Marijuana Equal Bad Parenting?

Shawnee Anderson’s voice is shrill, quavering — on the edge of desperate. She clutches her 11-month-old son, Sage, while trying to comprehend the situation unfolding in front of her.

Her boyfriend — Sage’s father, Aaron Hillyer — is in handcuffs.

“Why are you doing this?” she pleads with police officers standing on the lawn outside her home.

“Your baby doesn’t need to be subjected to marijuana,” an officer replies, in an audio recording made by Anderson on her cell phone.

Sage’s parents say he is healthy, happy and nurtured.

But she could explain: Anderson and Hillyer have legal prescriptions for the marijuana in their home. His is prescribed for anxiety and chronic pain; hers for depression and anxiety.

“I told them we had our cards, our prescriptions,” said Anderson, 27. “They didn’t want to see them.”

Not long after that exchange, according to police video of the family’s encounter, a social worker arrived at the home and decided to place Sage in foster care.

– Read the entire article at CNN.

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