Judge rules in favor of mother who used medical cannabis during pregnancy under doctor’s orders

Judge rules in favor of mother who used medical cannabis during pregnancy under doctor’s orders
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A woman who consumed medical cannabis while pregnant did not act in a negligent manner against her unborn child, ruled a judge at the Arizona Court of Appeals.  The ruling overturns Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) Director Mike Faust’s decision to feature Lindsay Ridgell – a former DCS employee – on the agency’s Central Registry. Based on the ruling, the woman will not be penalized by being placed on an employment-limiting list. Listings of this kind usually last for 25 years. The registry is specially drafted to highlight people who have abused or neglected their young.  Being included on the list makes it difficult for the named individual to seek employment  that involves being close to children and/or endangered populations. Judge ruled in favor of plaintiff because her medicine was legitimately prescribed In a written court statement, leading Judge Randall Howe pronounced that Ridgell’s medical cannabis use while pregnant was acceptable, since it had been prescribed by a licensed doctor for nausea relief. The judge added that Ridgell’s situation should be considered the same as any other pregnant woman who takes prescription under the guidance of a doctor. “Ridgell’s cannabis use was protected by the AMMA (Arizona Medical Marijuana Act), and that protection extends to prenatally exposing her infant to cannabis,” reads an excerpt from Howe’s court ruling. “The extent of that protection may be unwise.” Voters legalized medical cannabis across Arizona in 2010, before legalizing the plant for recreational purposes in 2020. Although Ridgell failed to return a call for comment, her lawyer, Julie Gunnigle, emphasized the importance of the judge’s decision since it validates how medical cannabis consumption should be dealt with in child welfare cases. It remains uncertain as to whether or not the DCS, which is currently reviewing the judge’s opinion on medical cannabis use…

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