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Couple Sues: Children Taken from Vet Dad for PTSD-Related Pot Use

A California veteran of the Gulf War who lost custody of his children for almost a year is suing local social workers and police for taking the boys because the veteran used marijuana with a doctor’s prescription.

According to the Daily Mail, an anonymous tip reporting a suspected illegal daycare center and drug possession led police to the home veteran Michael Lewis shares with Lauren Taylor and the couple’s two young boys last year in Coronado, Calif.

Investigators found no evidence of a daycare center, but did find Lewis’s marijuana.

Because he had a prescription to use the drug to treat migraine headaches stemming from his Gulf War service, the police left without incident, the Daily Mail reports.

But three days later the home was visited again – this time by local child-welfare agents. Because the drug was present in the home, the agents removed the boys, aged 4 and 2 at the time, and took them to an abused children’s shelter in San Diego where they stayed for two weeks.

They were eventually made wards of the court and placed in a foster home, according to the Courthouse News Service. It was almost a year before Lewis and Taylor got their sons back.

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