In the state of Michigan, if you take a medicine legally prescribed to you by a physician to treat an illness you have been diagnosed with, one particularly cantankerous county judge thinks he has the right to take your child away and throw you in prison. If that is not bad enough, this so-called judge has also decided he has the right to punish you for taking your medicine several weeks before he even told you to stop taking your medicine. Think about that for a minute.
A father from Michigan is sentenced to three days in jail and may lose custody of his 10-year-old daughter because he took his medicine. As shown in the video from theGrio.com, Mr. Livingston Thompson Jr. has epilepsy and has been dealing with it for 20 years. According to him, nothing has helped except for medical marijuana.
“It relaxes me. I’m not as stressed. I discovered that my epileptic seizures — some of them are stress activated,” says Thompson.
Still, his medication of choice could cost him his daughter, Shylynn.
“If I lost custody of my daughter it would crush me. They’d probably see a lot more episodes,” he says.
All of this trouble and pain is thanks to one arrogant, narrow-minded, puny man who believes that he has the right to decided what is best for everyone else while he hides behind a bench and a robe. His prejudice and ignorance take precedence over his logic, reason, compassion, and obviously his ability to judge others. An article written by Andy Balaskovitz at lansingcitypulse.com sheds some more light on either the judge’s ignorance or his willingness to manipulate the system to punish someone with whom he disagrees.
“After months in the Ingham Circuit Court family division system, Thompson was ordered on June 8 by Judge Richard Garcia to stop using marijuana as part of the conditions to maintain custody of his daughter. But because Thompson tested positive twice for using marijuana since June 8, Garcia sentenced Thompson to three days in Ingham County Jail for ‘woeful contempt of court orders.'”
So if we assume Mr. Thompson took his medicine the morning before the court case and then actually obeyed this ludicrous court ruling, June 8th was the last time he consumed his medicine. For those individuals who have been forced to submit to a drug test for employment reasons, it is common knowledge that these tests can give a positive result for up to 2-3 months for THC, the naturally occurring substance found in the cannabis plant which the government has incorrectly labeled as a drug. Simple math will show even the judicially moronic that Mr. Thompson could test positive as late as the 10th of August. I don’t possess the plethora of doctorates and degrees that elevated Judge Dick Garcia to his “esteemed” position, but I do know that the federal government is prohibited from passing ex post facto laws by clause 3 of Article I, section 9 of the U.S. Constitution and the states are prohibited from the same by clause 1 of Article I, section 10. It appears the judge is punishing Mr. Thompson “ex post facto.”
According to a story by Meaghan M. Norman at WILX News 10 in Lansing, Michigan:
“I understand he says he has a license. I told him a long time ago that I don’t accept that on its face value,” Judge Garcia said frankly. “I think he obtained that card fraudulently. I don’t think there’s a legitimate reason why he needs to smoke pot because he may have epilepsy.”
The judge was in no mood for excuses and doesn’t believe the state’s medical marijuana statute protects Livingston Thompson Jr., at all as he ordered Thompson to spend the upcoming weekend in jail.”
Well, there you have it. Judge Garcia has been secretly attending medical school at night and now gives a free second opinion along with issuing a legal verdict. He is sure full of second opinions and is not afraid to hand them out either. Did you notice how the arrogant prick believes he has the ability to diagnose Mr. Thompson, assess his medical needs, and choose the best medicine for him and his family all while dressed in a robe and sitting 20 feet away behind a bench? Super Doctor Judge Garcia, you are amazing.
Capital City Caregivers, a medical marijuana care clinic located in Lansing, Michigan, reports that “Inspired by this family’s hardship, Michigan Medical Marijuana Handbook author Mike Malott has organized the Michigan Medical Marijuana Parents Association, in the hopes of providing legal defense funding assistance for parents in Michigan who face losing their children because they are legal patients.”
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Parents Association is asking for donations to fuel Thompson’s legal defense.
Donations can be made out to:Livingston Thompson Jr. Legal Defense Fund C/O Newburg Law, PLLC 4112 W. St. Joe Hwy Lansing, MI 48917
At least something good can come out of this situation.