U.S.Mother charged for giving her children marijuana for ailments

Posted Dec 17, 2014 by Marcus Hondro
A woman in Cadillac, Michigan has been charged with three counts of child abuse for giving her 10- and 12-year-old children marijuana. She says that she was giving her two boys pot to treat medical conditions.
A marijuana leaf.
A marijuana leaf.
With permission by Reuters / Anthony Bolante
Mother gives pot to her sons
The 31-year-old woman, who lives near Cadillac in the small community of Mesick, whose name is not being released to protect the identify of her two sons, has been charged with two counts of third-degree child abuse along with the delivery and manufacture of marijuana.
The prosecutor in the case, Anthony Badovinac, said the woman told the pretrial conference that she preferred giving her children marijuana to pills that had been prescribed for them. Badovinac told the newspaper in Cadillac, the Cadillac News, the mother gave her 10-year-boy marijuana, she says, to help him with his emotional issues; she said she gave her 12-year-old son marijuana to help him with his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
While medical marijuana has been approved in the state of Michigan since 2008, it is only approved for certain conditions, and neither "emotional issues" nor ADHD are among them. Minors can be given medical marijuana under special conditions, but only if they have any of the qualifying conditions for which it is permitted.
Up to four years in prison
The woman allegedly started the chain of events that lead to the charges herself. She told, the prosecution said, a protective services worker about giving her children the marijuana to treat their ailments and the worker passed on to police the information.
The local CBS News affiliate reported that she could get four years on the delivery and manufacture of drugs charges. For the child abuse charges she could get up to two years in jail and anywhere from two to five years of probation.