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Drug charges can have surprisingly harsh consequences

Marijuana use, especially for medical purposes, is seeing greater and greater acceptance throughout the country, both in public opinion and in the eyes of changing laws. However, in places like Kansas, where use remains prohibited, the penalties for being caught with marijuana remain overwhelmingly strict. One Kansas mother is now fighting not only for her freedom, but also for the custody of her child, after Child Services officials removed the child from her home.

The issues arose after her child mentioned her use of various forms of marijuana during a drug-prevention program at his school. State officials took custody of her son, citing an "unsafe environment." The trouble did not end there — the county's district attorney has his sights on the mother, serving her with various drug charges that may carry up to 30 years of jail time.

A federal judge dealt her a major blow last week, dismissing a suit the mother had filed against the school district, various state and county agencies and the governor. In her suit, the mother claimed that, in light of the many other states that have legalized marijuana use, she had a "fundamental right" to use it for medical purposes. Her medical use of the substance is a no secret — she has published a book detailing her use of marijuana to treat symptoms of Crohn's disease.

This mother's plight sadly serves to illustrate just how harsh Kansas's drug laws can be, even in the face of what many would deem justifiable circumstances. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is crucial to obtain experienced legal counsel. An experienced attorney can help you navigate complicated legal terrain and mount the best possible defense for your situation, while keeping your rights protected.

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