Pennsylvania mother harassed after giving birth for using medical marijuana during pregnancy

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Shanelle dates feels like the system failed her.

“I didn’t even get home yet, when I was discharged from the hospital with my daughter, and they were already at my house.” Earlier this year, she was given a medical marijuana card because she suffers from chronic pain, and ptsd.

Even while in the hospital, she says she asked about the legality of her medical marijuana use. “I went to my obgyn– she suggested it was a better option, because she wanted a healthy, stable mom, and a healthy, stable baby.”

With the clearance from her doctors, she used marijuana as a coping mechanism through her most recent pregnancy.

And yet when she arrived home from the hospital with her new baby girl, they were at her door.

According to the most recent press release from the Luzerne county manager’s office, “Luzerne county children & youth is mandated by law to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and are therefore required to conduct comprehensive family assessments when reports are made to the agency.” the release also states that Luzerne county children & youth services, “awaits additional guidance from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s office of children and youth and families regarding medical marijuana.”

But people in Luzerne county want a solution and one that will help both sides of the story in the end.

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