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Foster Care Agencies Allegedly Discriminated Against Poor, Medical Marijuana Users

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Two families -- including one mom who alleges Child Protective Services took her suckling baby from her breast -- are suing the state, alleging discrimination because they are medical marijuana users and poor.

In the lawsuit, attorney Michael Komorn alleges the faith-based foster care and adoption agencies used by the State of Michigan were "grossly negligent" in opposing and delaying reunification of his clients' children on the grounds of "poverty and illness" and in violation of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

The suit also alleges Michigan laws allowing faith-based agencies "to discriminate on the basis of their religious beliefs are unconstitutional."

"The mental image of CPS entering a hospital room accompanied by armed men and taking a newborn from a nursing mother's breast and from the grandmother, shattering three generations of lives because CPS and Holy Cross (Children Services) found this family to be unfit because they were poor, diseased, medical marijuana card holders is excruciating," Komorn said in the lawsuit filed Dec. 15 in the Court of Claims. "They treated this family the way the poor and leprous were treated until Jesus taught otherwise."

For the full article, see Foster Care Agencies Allegedly Discriminated Against Poor, Medical Marijuana Users, MIRS News Service, December 21, 2017.

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