Hundreds of New York parents are entangled in child neglect cases after being found with or admitting to using small amounts of marijuana.
Despite the fact that these parents face little or no criminal charges, New York’s child welfare agency is pursuing these incidents and in some cases taking children from their homes.
In one particular case a father lost custody of his 1-year-old daughter over a $5 bag of marijuana.
“Drug use itself is not child abuse or neglect, but it can put children in danger of neglect or abuse,” Michael Fagan, a spokesman for the Administration for Children’s Services said. “We think the argument that use of cocaine, heroin or marijuana by a parent of young children should not be looked into or should simply be ignored is just plain wrong.”