The Secretary for the Department of Children and Families, Phyllis Gilmore, a Brownback appointee, says we cannot reduce the penalties for marijuana possession, because the DCF would have to remove more children from their homes due to substance abuse. You can view Gilmore’s entire statement below.
Considering that the vast majority of people in this state and in this country believe marijuana should be legal, one might question why DCF feels compelled to remove children from their homes due solely to marijuana use by a parent in the first place. Alcohol abuse leads to countless deaths every year, yet children are not removed from their homes because a parent drinks a beer.
In her speech, Gilmore also exploits the death of an infant child who was left in a hot car, blaming marijuana for the actions of an irresponsible parent, ignoring the fact that the parent was actually a foster parent, and that DCF removed the infant from the family in the first place, placing the child in the care of a neglectful person.
Gilmore ignores the fact that changes in drug laws have had no impact on the addiction rate, which has held steady at 1% of the population since the early 1900’s.
Gilmore’s agency has been criticized recently over allegations from a whistle blower who revealed that another social worker had been falsifying documents to unjustly remove children from their homes. That whistle blower was fired by DCF for exposing this misconduct.
Gilmore equates marijuana with far more dangerous drugs, citing the dangers of drug abuse as they relate to caring for children, yet Gilmore is oddly silent on the clear and obvious dangers that alcohol abuse poses to children.
Perhaps, instead of concerning herself with the harmless actions of consenting adults, Gilmore should spend more time focused on cleaning up her own department.