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Daisy Bram, a California mother whose children were seized in Butte County last year because of a medical marijuana grow at her home, has now had her three children taken from her by Tehama County officials, and even had her vehicle seized.

When Bram arrived for an appearance in Family Court on Tuesday, officers blocked her 2002 Ford Explorer in the parking lot and told her they were seizing it because “it had been purchased with drug proceeds.”

They have now left the young mother without transportation, while her children are in foster care. In addition, she has been criminally charged in Tehama County.

The three children, who were healthy when they were taken from their mother, now all have bronchitis and are sick, according to Cheri Sicard of the NORML Women’s Alliance, who said she spoke to Bram on Wednesday afternoon.

“When Daisy went to visit she said they were not being cared for, they had no hats or coats and it was freezing out,” Sicard posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. “They are now telling her the kids are too sick for her to visit them.”

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, January 31, during which the state will try to gain medical rights to the children. “This is a new hearing scheduled so they have the right to make medical decisions on the kids’ behalf — in other words give them pharmaceuticals,” Sicard said.

In the video linked below, Bram is seen speaking at the Cal NORML conference on Saturday, January 26, along with her attorney Michael Levinsohn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQH8q8_dNSU&feature=youtu.be

“We are the NORML Women’s Alliance are extremely concerned when the state uses a mother’s legal status as a patient against her in order to rip the children out of her arms and place them in foster care,” said Sicard of the NWA. “That is simply not acceptable.”

California NORML wrote a letter to the judge in Daisy’s case, urging him to reunite Bram with her children.

Hon. Judge McGlynn
Tehama County, CA

Re: Daisy Bram

Dear Judge McGlynn:

We urge you to re-unite Daisy Bram with her children.

There is no scientific evidence that parental use of marijuana poses a hazard to children. Marijuana plants are non-toxic and safer than many other common household plants, such as tobacco. Marijuana smoking poses no significant second-hand health risks, nor does exposure to breast milk from marijuana-using mothers.

Daisy has eloquently and persuasively demonstrated her devotion to her children. It is in their best interest to be reunited.

Sincerely,

Dale Gieringer, Ph.D.
Author, Marijuana Medical Handbook
Director, California NORML

More than $1,000 was raised at the conference, which was donated in the NORML Women’s Alliance’s name to Green-Aid for Bram’s case.

A hearing in the juvenile dependency case is scheduled for Family Court on Monday, February 4. A court date for Bram’s criminal case is set for February 20.

 

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