Dear Mr. President,
We the undersigned are shocked that State Agencies in California continue to use the use of medical marijuana as a basis to remove children from otherwise safe and loving homes. In addition to your most recent statement supporting use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the State of California has passed its own initiatives allowing the drug to be used pursuant to a prescription just as any other drug might be used. Moreover, California case law (Alexis E., Destiny S., and more recently, Drake M) underscore the fact that children are not to be removed from their home based on a parent's use of marijuana pursuant to a valid prescription. Despite these directives and clear laws to the contrary, children ARE removed and ARE placed in foster homes on allegations that a parent's legal grow or use of medical marijuana places a child at substantial risk of serious physical harm. Many parents' attorneys are overworked and underpaid, and merely "process" cases instead of advocating for their client. We need a lot of reform in the area of Child Welfare. In most cases, the only way to stop these wrongful, over-reaching actions by social workers is to make it too expensive to make these 'mistakes.' But Qualified Immunity protects the social worker from many civil actions. We need immediate change in the law of social worker immunity. We need social workers to be held accountable for their wrongful actions when those actions directly violate State law. We need you to address this issue and we are more than willing to help in any way we can.
This petition closed over 2 years ago
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