Michigan medical marijuana parents battle for custody of baby

By Steve Garagiola, Local 4 Anchor/Reporter, @SteveGaragiola
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:44:45 PM EST
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 06:28:06 PM EDT

They lost custody of their child because they use medical marijuana for health issues.

LANSING, Mich. -

Steve and Maria Green grow medical marijuana for his epilepsy and her multiple sclerosis.

They never thought that would provide cause for the state of Michigan to take away their 7-month-old daughter Bree. The Greens have been deemed in full compliance with all requirements to grow and use medical marijuana so there is no criminal element to the case.

The Greens' attorney, David Rudoi, believes this is a new way to go after medical marijuana users because it is completely legal.

"Don't rely on this act that says you're immune from prosecution," said Rudoi. "We're still going to go after your kids."

"It's just a scary thing when you think they have that much unregulated control," said Steve Green, the baby's father.

The Greens hope they are reaching the end of this ordeal.

"We've been sad, depressed, all kinds of emotions over the past month and a half," said Bree's mother, Maria. "I just want my baby back."

The custody trial for the Greens is set for Monday, Oct. 28. A spokesman for Child Protective Services said the agency cannot comment on an active case.

Meanwhile, Bree is living with her grandmother.

The Greens have created FreeBabyBree.com for more information on their case.

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