The Arizona Department of Child Safety still says that foster parents can’t use medical marijuana, but marijuana extracts, such as CBD, are now approved. The new rule follows a court battle between a foster mother and the DCS.
Foster parent, medical marijuana caregiver and attorney Rebecca Masterson was giving her 12-year-old adopted son CBD oil, according to Phoenix New Times, to stop his self-injurious behavior, but the DCS said she was breaking the law.
The DCS‘s policy says, “The possession and use of marijuana extracts is a violation of federal law, even though possession and use of certain types of medical marijuana extracts is authorized by state law in Arizona.”
The policy says, “A foster parent may possess the oil in their home and use it for medically allowable purposes. The oil must be safeguarded as applicable under the Arizona foster home licensing rules and guidelines.”
For some governmentally-deranged reason, the new law allows CBD oil to be used, but it cannot be purchased from an Arizona medical marijuana dispensary. Therefore, foster parents must purchase CBD oil from an unregulated source, such as the internet.
However, purchasing CBD oil from a licensed dispensary provides protection under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment; whereas, CBD oil from an online source doesn’t fall within that protection.
In recent years, the medicinal benefits of CBD and other marijuana extracts have gained attention worldwide, bringing more products to the market.