Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a serious problem for many veterans. There is often little relief for sufferers of the disease, though medical marijuana has been shown to aid many where it is available. Raymond Schwab is one such veteran, and medicinal marijuana even helped him break a heroin addiction that he developed when his options were previously limited. Sadly, the state of Kansas doesn’t much care for his well-being, and has targeted him and his family for destruction for his use of cannabis.
Schwab initially lived in Kansas while working for Veteran’s Affairs. However, he obtained a transfer to an office in Denver, but his mother-in-law was upset about Schwab moving to another state with her grandchildren. She kidnapped the children, dropping them off at a police station and reporting them abandoned. The state took control of the children and Schwab and his wife, Amelia, have been fighting to get them back ever since.
The wrinkle in regaining their family comes from Kansas’ obstinance regarding medical marijuana. While in Colorado, Schwab was able to obtain a legal permit to use it to treat his diagnosis. Kansas says that is unacceptable, believing that the destruction of his family and a regression into PTSD is preferable to allowing him to legally use medicine in another state.
Kansas has long been the laughingstock of the nation with its backwards mentality on everything from science to social issues to women’s rights. In recent years they have fought tooth and nail to ensure that the disastrously failed War on Drugs continues within its borders, especially with neighboring Colorado’s successful legalization experiment. Seeing this success, Kansas has decided to try to use everything they have at their disposal to destroy as many lives as possible for political reasons.
“They’re basically using my kids as a pawn to take away freedoms I fought for,” Schwab said. “It’s a horrible position to put me in.”
While it may seem like an overstatement, the truth is that the Schwabs’ case is far from unusual. Kansas has been seeking out and destroying as many families as it can for marijuana use. They honestly believe that forcefully removing children from a family and denying a veteran’s right to treatment for ailments they obtained while serving their country is preferable to allowing him to have medicine for said ailment.
Kansas is requiring Schwab to pass drug tests for four consecutive months before it will allow his family to be restored — a scary proposition for Schwab. “What if I didn’t make it through four months?” he asks, terrified that his PTSD symptoms will reassert themselves.
As Kansas continues its march backwards, it is now targeting veterans, families, and innocent children. Hopefully the Schwabs will win their battle, but the war is far from over.
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