Children Taken From Mom in Pot Raid Inflame Butte County Ballot Debate

One of California’s more vociferous battles over marijuana was already simmering in the upper Central Valley when an audiotape of a howling, hysterical mother went viral.

“Oh, my God! My baby! My baby! My baby!” screamed Daisy Bram, 30, as Butte County child welfare officers took custody of her newborn infant and 18-month-old toddler during a Sept. 29 marijuana raid on her family’s rural house outside Oroville.

On June 11, six days after Butte County voters decide a controversial ballot challenge to restrictions on marijuana growing, Bram faces a preliminary hearing on charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child endangerment.

Her defenders say Bram is essentially being prosecuted for breast-feeding while using medical marijuana. They say her case dramatizes what they contend are heavy-handed policies for medical marijuana use in Butte County, where supervisors put restrictions on growing medical pot, and police and an aggressive district attorney shuttered all local marijuana dispensaries.

“The general populace is in an uproar over this,” said Robert Galia, a partner in a Chico-area dispensary that closed in 2011, a year after being raided by police. “This whole thing that she endangered her kids is just a farce.”

Los Angeles lawyer Michael Levinsohn, who is representing Bram free of charge, said her case and the audio that’s drawing audiences from Israel to Thailand “have really garnered support and made this a righteous cause.”

– Read the entire article at Sacramento Bee.