Cannabis Nearly Put This Dad’s Illness Into Remission — Then the State Took His Kids Away

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(TFTP) As a father suffering from hepatitis C, Michael Brooks exhausted every pharmaceutical option available to treat the disease and extend his time on Earth with loved ones, before ultimately turning to medical cannabis — a move which, indeed, changed everything.

“It saved my life,” Brooks declared to the State of Tennessee of the THC-intensive oil responsible for vastly improved health, in a hearing discussed at a later point in this article.

As definitive as his statement seemed, not everything came up roses for the devoted dad — despite medical cannabis having facilitated the best health of Brooks’ more than four decades alive.

In fact, two years after his impassioned plea to his state of residence, Brooks languishes on the brink of death, gaunt, pale — and without his kids to treasure the precious remaining last moments of his existence — because government.

Yes, literally.

Twenty-five years after Michael Brooks contracted hepatitis C — a disease affecting the liver, often without any noticeable symptoms, which can cause serious damage, cirrhosis, cancer, and even death — and, now married, the infection began wreaking havoc with his health.

A multitude of pharmaceuticals having proffered no benefit — instead, adding adverse effects — Brooks and his wife, whom High Times’ Russ Belville did not name and who also suffers from hep C, turned frantically to medical cannabis oil, in the haven known for an explosion in the population of medical refugees: Colorado.

And it worked. Belville explains,

“Within a few heavy treatments of the oil, his viral load was undetectable. Not only had he beaten back hepatitis C, he was in the best health of his life. He had never known how ill he had always been, because he had always been ill. For the first time, he told me, he felt healthy — he felt like what most people take for granted.

“Then, from the highest high of relief and gratitude for his discovery of medical marijuana, he was plunged within a few months into the lowest depths of depression and despair.

“Michael couldn’t stay in Colorado. He returned to Tennessee to raise his family. Having recovered so well with the use of medical marijuana, he and his wife had a second little boy, making him a new father at the age of 48, to go along with their first son who was closing in his second birthday.”

Everything went along swimmingly, it seemed, until the couple decided to seek health assistance from the State of Tennessee for their two boys’ developmental disabilities — acquired through lead poisoning.

That request would be conditional to a urine test — which Michael agreed to — and failed with flying colors, stunning medical staff, who balked when recording highest concentration of THC in a person’s blood they’d ever seen.

‘How did he manage this feat?’ they wondered, their non-legal-state suspicions piqued.

“It’s my medicine,” Brooks plainly told officials two years ago. “That’s why I’m even able to be before you today. It saved my life.”

Although Belville doesn’t elucidate on whether the motivation for Brooks’ candor lay beyond any legal obligation for it, that the desperate father pled with a truth backed by a plethora of government and independent studies — and which undoubtedly improved quality and time spent with his boys — should have been a watershed moment for Tennessee officials.

Embarrassingly for them, it wasn’t.

“Within 24 hours, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) had been contacted. They showed up at Michael’s house and took away his two little boys,” High Times reports.

Let that sink in. Father in ill health discovers the only medicine yet to veritably cure his grave predicament, improving symptoms and ability to parent — and the State rewards him by forcefully fracturing the family and traumatizing two kids, too new to life to comprehend anything other than, ‘Why isn’t daddy here?’

Because Michael’s medicine came from nature — not a pill bottle.

Visits with his own kids required he pass obligatory drug screenings — so, the despondent father quit the cannabis regimen. It took less than five months for an onslaught of symptoms to destroy all progress and leave Michael even worse off than before cannabis treatment.

“Michael could visit his boys for a couple of hours every two weeks, but Tennessee has canceled those visitations for the last three months,” Belville continues. “Michael says DCS told him it was for the good of the children, because every time their visitation with Michael and his wife ends, the boys become distraught and traumatized when they are returned to their foster parents.”

He quite eloquently adds, “Yeah, no shit.”

It would take a vacuous dimwit not to see this situation for the atrocity of logic and human rights it is; yet — due to the inanity of geographical happenstance of residence inside the border of these apparently Disparate States — two toddlers have been ripped from a father who gives so much of a shit about their future, he didn’t bother lying about his Colorado cannabis cure to Tennessee officials, who recoiled and Just Said No, thus, condemning dad to quickened death for outstanding parenting.

In no place but Dante’s treacherous 9th Circle of Hell does this sequence of arduously authoritarian events even make sense — much less, display sterile compassion — particularly when weighed against any possible negative aspects of Michael’s use of cannabis purely for medicinal reasons.

This writer, and undoubtedly countless others, summarily concur with Belville’s redux of this real-life totalitarian Greek tragedy permitted to have happened in this supposedly freedom-cherishing ‘exceptional’ nation in modern times,

“What Tennessee is doing is evil.”

You agree — and want to do something? Contact Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and, considerately, express your feelings or assessment of the situation concerning Tennessean Michael Brooks and his beloved children, through the contact form, here.

Additionally, “Send one with all the love and kindness you can spare to Let him know there are people out there who care and are fighting every day to end this vicious war on people who use marijuana.”

This is what happens when the cure for your disease isn’t approved in the Police State of your residence.

This article by Claire Bernish originally appeared on and is licensed under Creative Commons.

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  • f16hoser

    Fuck the State! I would shot them the second they came thru my door. His poor kids are probably in some politicians basement…

    • How would you know they were going to, if they made a dynamic entry?

      • Mark Belk

        They would be better of with dead kidnappers!

        • Which would only serve their desire for vengeance, nothing more. Thinking through one’s actions can prevent evil from occurring more than getting vengence can.

          • Mark Belk

            The kidnappers would never harm anyone again.

          • The problem is that they have never been adjudicated as kidnappers, so it is in essence, vigilantism.

          • Mark Belk

            If I was the father I would be the adjudicator and if you want to call it vigilantism so be it! Damn them, don’t mess with my children or me as long as I’m not hurting anyone or their property which is the way our government was set up until the tyrants perverted the system.

          • If you didn’t admit your children to the system, and it was based on the long-ignored Constitution, there would no reason for them to subjects of the state. Tyrants can only succeed where citizens will abdicate and delegate.

  • There seems to be some doubt among medical researchers that hepatitis C exists.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      Brings up a question. Colorado has a lot of defense and government-related industries and, even though pot is legal at the state level, it is still federally illegal. Can potheads work on government-funded defense contracts in Colorado? I should think a positive test for cannibanoids would disqualify you from holding a security clearance even in a state where it is legal.

      • Colorado doesn’t have anywhere near the level of military-intelligence industry that it used to, largely because it has become progressively Californicated since the late 60s. Montana is heading that way now, for the same reason. There is even creeping liberalization here in 14 registered gun per capita land.
        As a truck driver who is subject to NIDA testing to keep my CDL, you will find that paradigm alive and well anywhere pre-employment testing is enforced. Those who have a Commercial Drivers License are considered to be under the influence of alcohol over 0%, regardless of whether the vehicle is a bicycle or a belly train. The drug nazis are alive and well.

  • anonymous4u4me

    We could get a petition on line and all that sign promise to boycott country music, the blues music, and any whiskey coming out of Tennessee. We could keep it up until the Gov. and the people that prosper in those industries put pressure on the state to return the children, and back off. Have to hit back where it hurts the most, the pocket book, the bank account. At the same time we could flood the gov. office with phone calls and dirty diapers, used condoms, and anything else that might get his undivided attention, letting him or her know we are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. NETWORK !!!!! warned of this so many years ago.

  • Undecider

    His mistake was going to the government for help. Listen up people, stay away from government!

  • SP_88

    Unbelievable. These politicians are not at all interested in “what’s best for the children” or what’s best for anyone. All they want is your absolute obedience to their totalitarian regime. Even if it is directly responsible for your death or the destruction of your family.
    The people of Tennessee need to make their voices heard. They need to gather up their torches and pitchforks and march downtown and demand that the governor fix this monumental fuck up they have caused with their unnecessarily oppressive laws and that rogue organization known as CPS. Child Protective Services does everything but protect children. Do these children seem protected? Obviously not. They didn’t need to be protected from anyone but the government and CPS.
    Phone calls and emails are good, but I think an angry mob with torches and pitchforks would be more effective. It’s time to stop playing nice.

    • jimmy joe

      Don’t forget guns, these things are sadistic and that is proven!! The only language they understand is violence, and when it comes after them, after years of rattling the gorilla’s cage, anybody with an ounce of intelligence knows the outcome!!

  • Mark Belk

    No, he is a wimp with no balls and would give up his family without a fight.

  • gazoo3

    Drugs are illegal because it increases profits massively.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Better a painful truth than a sugar-coated lie.

    Candy, little girl?

  • renee ciccioni

    Damn red States always getting in the way of medical treatments of someone all that’s missing is the statement ” were doing the Lord’s work ” “or the what about the children ” or some other phony slogan .

  • Ken

    Sorry urine tests do not quantify THC amounts in a person. It’s a positive / negative.