The Colorado veteran whose story made headlines this winter has won his medical marijuana court case and has regained custody of his kids.
Schwab is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
After his time in the Navy, he maintained his connection with the military by working for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Topeka, Kansas.
To make it easier to access medical marijuana, Schwab moved to Colorado with his wife, Amelia, and their children. But before they could complete the move, the Schwabs say the Kansas Department of Children and Families took their five youngest children into state custody.
The state of Kansas claimed that Schwab’s use of medical marijuana was child endangerment.
Initially, a Kansas judge said that the only way Schwab and his wife could get the kids back would be if he stopped using medical cannabis. The state was also seeking to terminate Raymond’s and Amelia’s parental rights.
But today, reports out of Kansas indicate that Judge John Bosch has reversed those initial demands.
Bosch said he would only require Schwab to provide proof that his medical marijuana recommendations are legitimate and that they were legally issued in Colorado. He also denied the state’s request to strip Raymond and Amelia’s parental rights.
“Last week during a press conference, I used the phrase ‘shame on Kansas,'” Schwab’s lawyer said.
“The judge’s order recognizing the medical use of cannabis by Raymond Schwab is commendable and was the right thing to do. Hopefully, the Kansas Legislature will now make progress in passing a workable law that provides for medical cannabis in this state.”
Schwab isn’t the only veteran to run into problems when it comes to using medical marijuana to treat injuries resulting from active duty military work.
In fact, under current rules, VA doctors are not allowed to recommend medical cannabis to their patients. That means that veterans are usually forced to rely on prescription painkillers.
But many veterans say those pills don’t work.
Before Raymond Schwab began using medical marijuana, he said he was on a cocktail of prescription drugs.
“They were making me crazy; they were making me worse,” he said.
As a result of the VA’s rules against medical marijuana, many wounded veterans have moved to states where it’s easier to get legal medicine. But lawmakers have started saying it’s time to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients.