It seems like every time we turn on the television, there is an expose' dealing with medical marijuana use (or abuse). The focus is usually on the individual, but in this instance, what about others that are around the individual when they are using? Under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Medical Marijuana Registry Frequently Asked Questions, public consumption is strictly prohibited:
No patient shall: Engage in the medical use of marijuana in a way that endangers the health or well-being of any person; or engage in the medical use of marijuana in plain view of, or in a place open to, the general public. Law enforcement has informed the Medical Marijuana Registry of the following: Any place outside of the patient's home is considered public. "In plain view" also includes the patient's yard or garage if that patient can be seen using their medicine by neighbors.
We are all well informed of the dangers of indoor secondhand smoke and the argument that everyone is freely entitled to smoke in their home. But what happens when these individuals, legally entitled to smoke marijuana and forced to smoke inside their home, have young children in the home? We have seen states take a proactive approach towards secondhand tobacco smoke. How should the courts and child support services get involved where a young child is being exposed to indoor secondhand marijuana smoke? Aside from the potential physical harm, what about the psychological harm caused to the child after witnessing their parent smoking marijuana?
Is smoking near your child inside the home a form of child abuse? Do you think the government should pursue additional legislation aimed at protecting children? Post a comment below with your thoughts.
If your child facing unwanted exposure to second-hand tobacco, or marijuana, smoke that is outside of their control, there may be legal protections for your child. Call Stowell P.C. today to prevent further harm to your child.