Kansas to Colorado Medical Marijuana Patient: Give Up Pot and We'll Give Back Your Kids

A Gulf War veteran who legally uses medical marijuana to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder is fighting with Kansas child welfare officials for custody of five of his children, who were taken from him after a dispute in April, the Denver Post reports. According to their story, Raymond Schwab was told that a condition of the children’s return was that he provide four months of drug-free urinalysis tests, including cannabis.

Schwab told the Post that Kansas Child Protective Service workers took custody of his and his wife’s five youngest children—aged five to sixteen years old—just before he moved from Topeka to Denver last year.

As a PTSD patient, Schwab tried a range of treatments—and at one point became addicted to heroin—before finding that pot was the most useful for easing his symptoms. A job opening with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs took him from Colorado, where he had a medical card, to...

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