Complexities of the Law and Foster Care System in Texas: Marijuana and Parenting

You may recall the heartbreaking story last year of a little girl who was placed in DHS custody because her father smoked marijuana after she had gone to bed. He didn’t do it daily, yet he and his wife lost custody, and as a result, their 2-year-old daughter was placed in the Texas foster care system and murdered. The foster mother who’d killed the little girl was sentenced to life in prison and is now in a Texas cell awaiting her fate. But what happens if a similar scenario plays out in the future? What does the recent partial medical legalization of marijuana mean for Texas parents? Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a very narrowed use for marijuana. Cannabis-based oils with low levels of THC are now legally available for those with epilepsy. Legalization supporters say the law is moot: no one can actually get this specific kind of oil. State Senator Kevin Eltife announced the plan to legalize CBD oil in January and was careful to emphasize that patients w


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