Changing pot laws prompt child-endangerment review

By: AP
By: 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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