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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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  • imageDepartment of Human Services, 235 S Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
  • imageThis is a landmark event. Michigan families are going to gather outside of Department of Human Services to speak out against the removal of children from licensed caregivers.

    Michigan Moms United calls on the State of Michigan to immediately recognize and adhere to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, and stop removing children from the homes of licensed medical marijuana caregivers.

    VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: This is not a medical marijuana rally. No marijuana signs please. This will be a tightly run pre...ss conference with three layers of activity

    1-The press conference will be held in front of the building.
    2-Women and children only on the sidewalk in front of the building, holding hands and singing.
    3-We are asking the men to come in veteran regalia, or bring signs and American flags and line the street in order to hold space for the press conference and the singing women and children.

    The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was enacted in an effort to serve the chronically ill and dying in Michigan, as well as protect families from police encounters.

    Child Protective Services agency is suppose to protect families and the most vulnerable among us. However, five years after the Act, CPS is still unjustly removing children from state sanctioned patients and caregivers. Steve and Maria Green and their children are the latest CPS victims, and we intend to make them their last.

    MMU will hold a press conference in front of the Department of Human Services, who oversees Child Protective Services. We will bring CPS victims from around the state to detail their experiences for the media and call on the state to immediately stop taking children from caregivers and patients, and return Bree Green to her parents.

    Please dress well and stand up for Michigan families and the Green family.

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Sep 16 13 12:39 PM

CPS takes baby Bree away from her mother

CPS takes baby Bree away from her mother

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Sep 16 13 2:27 PM

BREAKING: Michigan Court Breaks Law, Removes Six-Month-Old From Parents

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Sep 16, 2013BREAKING: Michigan Court Breaks Law, Removes Six-Month-Old From ParentsMaggie Volpo / Activism, News & Editorial, The War Isn't Over, Top / #freebree, bree green, cannabis, child protective services, court support, CPS, drug war, drug war pow, ladybud, ladybud magazine, ladybudmag, maria green, medical marijuana, michigan, michigan marihuana act, steve green, the war isn't over, war on drugs, women / 1 CommentFriday, September 13th, 2013, Steve and Maria Green, loving and devoted parents, had their cherished, healthy, well-cared-for infant child removed from their custody in direct violation of Michigan law.They were informed the same day that Child Protective Services (CPS) was requesting the removal of their daughter due to their status as medical marijuana caregivers and related pending criminal cases.With the support of many members of the community, the Greens arrived in court. They had to proceed without their paid legal representation, as he was over an hour away. Still, the Greens skillfully countered the claims of CPS.Steve has epilepsy and had been using cannabis to successfully stop his seizures before the courts ordered him to go without his medicine. He and Maria submitted drug test records indicating both parents were not currently using medical marijuana, disproving the claim that the children had recently been exposed to cannabis.In fact, after reviewing the evidence, the guardian ad litem expressed willingness to work with the Greens and keep their youngest child in the homeThe judge, who explained that his bias was the result of a case years ago involving a firearm, ignored the recommendation of the guardian ad litem and ordered that the child, Maria’s six-month-old nursing daughter Bree, be placed in protective custody. In the judge’s opinion, being a medical marijuana caregiver makes a person’s residence a criminal target. This is in direct violation of Section 4(c) of the 2008 Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which clearly says patient or caregiver status can not be used as grounds for removal of custody.The separation of older children is emotionally damaging; for an infant, it can have permanent negative effects on the long-term development of the child. It is the equivalent of state-enforced child abuse. The Greens have experienced a miscarriage of justice (and a judicial overreach) that will impact their family for years to come.After hours of uncertainty, Bree was placed with Maria’s mother. Her parents, however, may only visit her for three one-hour supervised sessions a week.Michigan citizens, regardless of whether or not they are medical marijuana patients, need to speak up and insist our law enforcement officials and courts are following the law that we passed with a 63% majority.We urge those Michiganders who wish to speak out against the illegal and inappropriate removal of healthy children from safe homes to attend a press conference in Lansing on Tuesday, September 17th at noon. The press conference will be held in front of the  Department of Human Services (235 S Grand Ave Lansing, MI 48933). Attendees are asked to dress professionally and to omit and reference to cannabis or cannabis imagery from their signs, as the focus is the removal of the child. If you aren’t in Michigan, you can still help. There is a link at the bottom of the article for those who are able to donate toward the Green family’s legal expenses. The family is also asking that people change their social media icon to the image above in solidarity. Use the hashtag #FreeBree to help spread the word!A copy of the court order can be viewed here.Donate to help fund the process of getting the Green’s beloved baby back.

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Sep 16 13 2:36 PM

Everyone that can make it I hope goes! We will be there hope to see you All there!

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Sep 19 13 7:10 AM

Constance Taylor and Korie Taylor, 4, close friends of the Greens, protest the removal of Bree.


Constance Taylor and Korie Taylor, 4, close friends of the Greens, protest the removal of Bree. / Ken Palmer/Lansing State Journal

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By Ken Palmer

Lansing State Journal

The case of a 6-month-old Lansing girl who was removed from her parents after a complaint involving medical marijuana has become a rallying point for groups aligned behind the state’s 5-year-old medical marijuana law.

Holding placards and chanting, “Free Bree,” dozens of people gathered outside the Grand Tower on Tuesday to protest the state Department of Human Services’ efforts to remove Brielle (Bree) Green from parents Gordon (Steve) and Maria Green.

“These are good parents, good loving parents,” said Charmie Gholson, founder of Michigan Moms United, one of several groups that organized Tuesday’s news conference.

Gholson said the Green case is among dozens in which state caseworkers have disregarded protections in the medical marijuana law while trying to remove children from parents who are registered patients or caregivers.

“There’s nowhere to go when (Children’s Protective Services) does this,” she said. “When they took Bree on Friday, that really was the last straw.”

Acting on a petition by Children’s Protective Services caseworkers, an Ingham County Family Court referee on Friday ordered the infant removed from her parents’ home because her mother — a registered medical marijuana caregiver — had marijuana in the house, the groups said.

The referee said the marijuana creates a dangerous situation because “someone with a gun could break in,” Steve Green said.

A DHS spokesman declined to discuss the Green case, citing privacy constraints.

In general, the agency considers “what kind of choices (parents are) making that impact their kids,” and how their substance use is affecting their children in deciding whether to remove a child, said Dave Akerly, acting communications director for DHS.

“The safety and well-being of the children involved is always going to be paramount with a CPS investigation,” he said.

Steve Green said the CPS petition involving his daughter grew out of a custody or visitation dispute between his wife and her ex-husband involving another child. Maria’s ex-husband filed a complaint with CPS saying her home was unfit for children, he said.

When caseworkers visited the home and asked to inspect it, the Greens refused to allow them into the “garden,” or grow room, without a court order, citing a provision in the medical marijuana law that says only one person can have access to the room, said Joshua Covert, an attorney for the Greens.

Caseworkers went to court and asked for the child to be removed, he said.

“That put (the parents) between a rock and a hard place — either you break the law or we take your children away,” Covert said.

The infant has been placed with a relative, the Greens said. A custody review hearing is set for Friday before Ingham County Probate Judge Richard Garcia, according to court records.

Gholson said she is aware of about 20 cases over the past year in which caseworkers disregarded protections in the medical marijuana law while trying to remove children.

Beside Gholson, state Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and representatives from the Cannabis Council and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition spoke at Tuesday’s news conference and rally.

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Sep 20 13 1:52 PM

Steve and Maria Green, parents of six-month-old Brielle Green who was taken from their custody by Child Protective Services, will appear in front of a probate judge in an Ingham County Circuit Court this afternoon.

Maria Green says a judge will decided whether to grant the parents temporary custody of their daughter "Bree" while CPS continues its investigation, and decides what legal action it will pursue against the parents.

"It's been a mess. It's been tumultuous, I spent all weekend crying," said Maria, "It's been kind of an emotional roller coaster ride, but I feel hopeful that things are getting done and things will turn out positively."

Child Protectice Services took Bree from the Green Family's custody Friday, September 13th, after a CPS referee determined their home was unsafe for a child.

Maria says the family is prepared for a long court battle, but hopes she and her husband will retain their child without one.

"We're hoping the judge can see that taking a six-month-old for anything less than very clear and imminent danger is wrong and that he will return her because of that."

Reporter Joe Khalil will be in court this afternoon and will have updates on this story tonight on Six News at Six.

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Sep 20 13 1:54 PM

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