So, how do laws in Colorado and Washington, states with legal recreational laws, provide children with safe access and shield parents from arrest?
Besides providing safer access the laws do very little, actually.
Both Colorado and Washington had medical marijuana laws in place prior to adult recreational use passage. Technically, a parent could enroll their child into a state program, pay fees and announce to the Feds and Child Protective Services that they are giving their kid pot and still be arrested.
For many Americans, even in states like Colorado, the thought of getting your kid high is too much to swallow. This is why most parents keep children off state registries in medical states, and for good reason. Incidents of CPS removing kids from homes always goes up in the confusion of brand new state medical cannabis legislation. Ask the Green’s in Michigan about their story.
In Colorado and Washington it is still a felony offense to give your child marijuana unless you register your kid with the state. If my children required cannabis I would opt out of registering and risk arrest.
A new ballot proposal offered by Abrogate Michigan, attempts to remove the prohibition of cannabis and is unique from other initiatives in that the proposal addresses protection and privacy concerns of parents. Part of the ballot language reads:
Cannabis use by any person who is; the ward of an adult, enrolled in K*12 school, a minor, shall be lawful activity requiring only parental or legal guardian authorization.
As a parent, would you register your child’s cannabis use with the State?