When Child Protective Services removed Baby Bree from her mother’s arms in 2013 due to prejudice against medical marijuana patients, it made national news. Now a pair of Personal Protection Orders threatens to deny Maria Green access to her child from a previous marriage- and the perceived threat again surrounds the medically-recommended and state approved use of medicinal marijuana.
The Petitioner claims that Maria and her current husband Steve are “ringleaders of a small separatist group within the Michigan Medical Marijuana Community,” apparently because of their involvement with the national marijuana rights organization The Human Solution. Also cited: asking for court support from the community has resulted in “threats” and the Petitioner is intimidated.
The Greens successfully fought off an attempt to deny them custody of their child Brielle Green, known internationally as Baby Bree, by Child Protective Services. Many people were unaware that while that case was being fought there was another custody battle being waged over the parenting rights surrounding a seven-year old boy, Maria’s son from a previous marriage with Ronnie Ferguson of Davison.
Ferguson is the Petitioner; the parents are still engaged in that custody battle, which is being waged in Judge Beebe’s courtroom in the same building where the Green’s latest hearing will be heard.
The PPO filing has temporarily prevented Maria from exercising her visitation rights. Ferguson filed Motions for Ex Parte PPOs against both adult Greens on Feb. 12, 2014; 4th District Judge Thomas Wilson denied the request on the 13th. On the 17th Ferguson filed two new petitions and that filing resulted in a pair of court hearings in Jackson on Thursday, February 27.
To justify the PPOs, Ferguson filed on the 12th a detailed listing of what he considers reasons for the Greens to be restrained from being in his presence. Ferguson said those observers attending previous hearings insulted him. He claims Steve and Maria “believe themselves to be the spokespersons for the medical marijuana community at large,” and that the couple is “delusional.” In social media postings Ferguson admits to Steve, “I know you’re a good Dad, and I respect You for that.”
The public is encouraged to attend the hearing for Steve. The Green family discourages any contact between members of the medical marijuana community and Ferguson or his representatives, especially near the Courthouse.
Judicial Hearing: Judge Beebe’s court, 312 S. Jackson Street, Jackson 10:30 am
PPO Hearing: Judge Wilson’s Court, 4th Floor, 312 S. Jackson Street, Jackson 2pm