Butte, CA Snatches Children from Marijuana Patients

  • by Sabrina Fendrick March 16, 2012


    At 8am on the morning of September 29, 2011, the Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force (BINTF) forced entry into the home of Daisy Bram and her husband Jayme Walsh. Law enforcement officers arrested the couple and working jointly with Child Protective Services, seized their children — including their 3-week-old suckling newborn, Zeus, who was violently ripped from his mother’s arms.   He and his 15-month-old brother, Thor, were snatched and placed in a stranger’s home. Neither of these nursing babies had ever been away from their parents.

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    Three weeks prior, on September 7, 2011, after a summer of watching sheriff’s helicopters fly over the area, two Butte County Sheriff’s deputies trespassed onto a clearly marked private road, maneuvered around a locked/gated driveway, and onto the property of Daisy and Jayme’s remote home on a mountain in Concow, California. They were there for a “compliance check”.

    [A “compliance check” is a convenient excuse created by local county law enforcement used solely for the purpose of unlawfully obtaining access to private homes to investigate legal medicinal cannabis gardens for potential arrest and prosecution.]

    During this “compliance check” police assured Daisy’s husband that “…everything looks okay… good luck with the baby.” The necessary and appropriate valid medical paperwork was and is in order.

    The couple has since been charged with eight class A felonies, six relating to cannabis and two charges of child abuse). After a preliminary hearing, at which Jayme Walsh represented himself and Bram, they had the good fortune of retaining attorneys Michael Levinsohn and Jen Reeder.   The child related charges, and one cannabis related charge were dismissed, leaving five remaining criminal cannabis charges. One of the most disturbing factors in this nightmare is that there has never been any attempt by prosecutors to verify the validity of their status as qualified patients in the state of California.  Both Walsh and Bram have legal state-recognized recommendations for medical marijuana.

    UPDATE [3/13/12] – Butte County Assistant District Attorney, Jeff Greeson, re-filed felony child abuse and misdemeanor child endangerment charges, against Daisy Bram (www.freemybabies.org). Daisy and her husband Jayme Walsh are medical cannabis patients in Butte County.  Their 3 week old and 15 month-old children were taken and held by Butte County CPS for more than four months, following the parents arrest for cannabis.

    Tamara Lujan, NORML Women’s Alliance Community Leader for Butte County issued the following statement:

    “Considering the felony and misdemeanor charges were dropped, and are now being re-filed after public outcry and the filing for a Grand Jury Investigation, we can come to no other conclusion except this is a retaliatory measure, from the Butte County DA’s office.”

    The outrage over this incident has driven several local residents to come forward with similar complaints regarding the misconduct of the BINTF and Child Services Division of Butte County (which leads all of California’s large counties in the percentage rate of permanent removal of children from parents).  As a result, the NORML Women’s Alliance has filed an official request for an investigation by the Grand Jury in Butte County (including a financial audit).  On Friday March 9th, the NWA, along with Butte County residents, put forward a complaint to the Grand Jury of Butte requesting an investigation into the County Children Services Division for the agency’s perceived and widespread misconduct.  The findings in the people’s request include numerous testimonials from directly affected persons, submitted herein via the GRAND JURY COMPLAINT FORMS, which specify various and detailed claims of CSD misdeeds.

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    “We thank the Grand Jury for its time, consideration and diligence in pursing our request. Only when government agencies have proper oversight can we as a community rest assured that corruption, abuse and other misdeeds are kept in check and deterred. Together We the People of Butte County and the Grand Jury can make these necessary strides of investigation and oversight to ensure all Butte families are truly served well, and are safe and secure at home.” – Tamara Lujan (NWA Butte County Community Leader)

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    137 responses to “Butte, CA Snatches Children from Marijuana Patients”

    1. jared says:

      But no Pam, you can’t say all cops are corrupt. Many of them have to do their job. I bet you all don’t like or even despise certain aspects of your job. I am friends with a few cops and have dealt with more than a few in my day. I’ve gotten caught smoking pot and got let go. Cops and doctors generally agree the war on drugs has failed, it is stupid and pot is no big deal, if not a benefit for some medically ill people. They still have to do their job. I’ve smoked with a cop, who said his least favorite aspect of the job is busting people for shit a lot of cops do themselves. I was in Boston last weekend, smoked in front of a cop I didn’t even see at first. It’s decriminalized and he just said he loves not having to do anything about it, and he loves the smell of it.

    2. DeAnna Rice says:

      **wiping away tears** we don’t live in america anymore when you rip a child from him mothers arms. Combative, damn straight i’d be combative, you take away by baby Understand? You don’t understand a god damn thing you fucks! Your not police YOU ARE GESTAPO!!!!

    3. Cameron says:

      This is just sickening. Since when is exercising a freedom considered child abuse? The real abusers are our representatives.

    4. anthony says:

      have a son who has his doctorate in math and physics and another who is very talented musician who has toured world wide I a’m 56 started enjoying the fruits of the earth not a lab when I was 13, yeah I really abused my children jah rastafara

    5. Jay says:

      If MM is legal in California & this couple has the proper paperwork, what laws did they break? Do the police arrest patients and remove the children of patients with prescriptions for pain killers and anti-anxiety meds,(all of which are actually harmful), or search their homes to make sure they don’t have more than they should? If they were arrested & charged by federal agencies(which they shouldn’t be),ok, but if they were in compliance with Cali laws then how can the state charge them with anything?

    6. Charles says:

      Tresspass when theres a sign, I say fuckin shoot em!

    7. Dave Evans says:

      Why are the police the enemy? This is wrong on so many levels. Go away police unions with your Drug War Bullshit. You have become criminals.

    8. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Will the CPS auction off the kids to other families?
      There is a long waiting list and a demand for blond hair females.
      (I’m not kidding.)

    9. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Could you imagine that some people would believe that this was justifiable?
      Go ask president Obama, Michele Leonhart, Senator McConnell, vice-president Joe Biden, Senator Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Calvina Fey, Joyce Nalepka, congressman Lamar Smith, and the list goes on.

    10. John says:

      GOTTA love the irony. If these people were drunks instead of “pot heads” they would still have their children. This is absolutely sickening how can people work doing this? It’s not like these people had a meth lab

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