Marijuana's legal status makes family court more difficult

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) Marijuana's changing legal status is complicating matters in family law courts.

The drug remains illegal federally, but its growing acceptance is making it more complicated to resolve custody and child-endangerment disputes that involve marijuana.

No data exist to show how often pot use comes up in custody disputes, or how often child-welfare workers intervene in homes where marijuana is used.

But law enforcement and marijuana activists agree that the drug is increasingly popping up in family law.

A pot plant in the basement may not bring criminal charges in many states.

But the same plant can become a piece of evidence in child custody or abuse cases.

Colorado lawmakers earlier this year considered updating child-endangerment statutes. But the efforts were abandoned as too complicated.


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