When it comes to raising children, foster parents in Missouri have been asked to take on many responsibilities in the past, but a new emergency ruling is adding an unexpected one to the list: growing and possessing marijuana in the home. While the state has only recently passed legislation allowing for the recreational use of marijuana, foster parents are now the first to benefit from the new ruling, which is sure to be both controversial and celebrated.
1. Missouri Foster Parents Empowered: Emergency Rules Allow Home Marijuana Possession and Growth
Missouri foster parents are now empowered to possess and grow marijuana at home. An emergency rule approved by the state earlier this year makes it legal for adults with a foster child to grow their own cannabis plants.
Following the rule’s enacting, medical marijuana card holders can now legally possess, cultivate, and purchase up to four ounces of marijuana at home, safely and legally. This is great news for foster parents who, before the new rule, had faced strict regulations and limitations with their access to medical marijuana.
The new policy comes with its own set of guidelines:
- No smoking – Smoking marijuana in front of children or in their vicinity is prohibited.
- Storage – Marijuana must be stored away in a container that children cannot access.
- Education – Foster parents must educate themselves on marijuana and its effects before using it.
Thanks to these new regulations, Missouri foster parents, for the first time, have legal access to marijuana for medical purposes within their own homes. Furhtermore, the safety of foster children is considered and ensured with explicit guidelines.
2. A Potent Change: New Measure Lifts Stringent Restrictions on Foster Parent Marijuana Use
In a groundbreaking effort to rebuild the foster care system, the state of California has recently implemented new legislation that grants foster parents more freedom than ever before. A potent change, the new measure lifts stringent restrictions on the use of marijuana by foster parents.
The new law allows foster parents to consume marijuana without fear of penalization, so long as the responsible use of the substance takes place:
- In a private residence, away from the child
- No smoking allowed around the child or in their presence
- No alcohol to be consumed at the same time
This measure shows that the state of California is taking a new and more progressive approach to foster parenting. Though the future of this new rule remains to be seen, one thing is for certain: for foster parents, the lifted restrictions on marijuana tightens is a potent change.
3. Marijuana Use and Care of Foster Children: What Caregivers and Advocates Must Know
Caring for a foster child requires special consideration when it comes to marijuana use. Although medical marijuana is becoming increasingly accepted, it is important for foster parents and advocates to be aware of the risks and regulations associated with marijuana use in order to best protect the child’s wellbeing.
- Developing psychological dependence or addiction
- Impact on respiratory system
- Interference with prescribed medications
Despite the risks associated with marijuana use, under certain circumstances medical marijuana may be permitted for minors in foster care. Foster parents and advocates should be aware of the extent of their state’s marijuana laws to ensure the most appropriate care for the child.
- Who is certified to prescribe medical marijuana
- Where it can be administered
- When it can be used
Ultimately, marijuana use can cause serious, averse health effects in minors, and should be monitored closely to avoid potentially dangerous consequences. To that end, both foster parents and advocates must ensure that they are well-informed of the related risks and regulations.
4. Seeking Solutions: Making Foster Homes Safer Under Looser Marijuana Regulations
Holding Parents Accountable
The key to making foster homes safer under looser marijuana regulations is to hold parents accountable for their drug use. This means that parents should be adequately monitored by the state Department of Human Services and that they must be held to the same standards as any other parent. Each parent must be able to provide proof of parental responsibility and must pass background checks as required by the state. Parents should also undergo drug testing when they are reporting to their foster home. This will ensure that the foster home is drug-free and that children are in a safe environment.
Creating Opportunities for Caregivers
As part of the solution, foster parents must be provided with proper training and education to help them understand their role and responsibilities when it comes to their own drug use. Caregivers must learn how to handle situations where parents or other family members are using marijuana in the home, and they must understand the potential risks and impact on the child. Additionally, childcare providers should be encouraged to offer drug education and prevention programs to protect against drug use in the home. By providing proper education and support to foster parents and caregivers, the risk of marijuana use in the home can be minimized.
As Missouri continues to relax its stance on medical marijuana, foster parents in the state now have the freedom to legally possess and grow marijuana in their homes. With this new emergency rule, it’s now possible to provide further comfort to those in need of medical marijuana. With the new law here to stay, it seems that Missouri is on the path to bringing comfort and relief to both foster parents and foster children alike.