It’s a question that resonates throughout America, in courtrooms where legal marijuana users (medical and recreational) are having their parenting rights challenged, some having lost custody of their children.
Now, a Clark County Family Court judge’s ruling could set precedent.
When I first spoke with Keith Patton he had not seen his young son in months, in protest of a court-imposed restriction requiring supervised visitation, all because Patton is an admitted medical marijuana patient. Then-Clark County Family Court Judge Gayle Nathan, who imposed the order, acknowledged Patton’s parenting slate was clean – marred only by the residue of his prescription drug.
Nathan lost her bid for re-election and now veteran Family Court jurist Cheryl Moss is lifting the restriction requiring Patton’s visits with his son be supervised, a ruling that flies in the face of the long-standing principle that a pot-smoking parent can’t be in the best interest of the child.
Fifteen years since Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana, and with the number of cardholders on the rise and a potential outright legalization on the horizon, it’s about time.
Here’s a link to a program I hosted on the topic:
and link to a program I produced in 2014 featuring Patton and his mother.