CADILLAC, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A woman from northern Michigan faces child abuse and other charges after authorities say she gave her 10- and 12-year-old sons marijuana for medical reasons.
The 31-year-old woman from the Wexford County village of Mesick had a pretrial conference Tuesday in 84th District Court in Cadillac. A next court date wasn’t set. She’s charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana, as well as two counts of third-degree child abuse.
The woman isn’t being named to avoid identifying the children.
Wexford County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac told the Cadillac News that the woman gave the 10-year-old marijuana to help with emotional issues and the 12-year-old marijuana to treat ADHD. The woman apparently indicated she would rather have a child use marijuana than pills that were prescribed.
Badovinac said police became involved after the woman told a Child Protective Services worker that she gave marijuana to the children. The drug charge is punishable by up to 4 years in prison and the child-abuse charge carries up to 2 years in prison or 5 years of probation.
Michigan voters approved marijuana use for some chronic medical conditions in 2008.
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