• Michael Lewis and his partner Lauren  Taylor had their two young son taken from them by local welfare  officials
  • The official had determined that Lewis’  medical marijuana was a hazard
  • A Gulf War vet he had been prescribed the  drug to help alleviate migraines
  • It took a year before the couple had  their sons returned to them
  • They claim the misconduct by city and  county officials cost them physically and emotionally and have filled a lawsuit  seeking damages

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 23:46 EST, 3  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 03:52 EST, 4 September 2013

A couple who had their two young children  placed in foster care for nearly a year because of their use of medical  marijuana are seeking punitive damages after a judge ruled that local welfare  officials had no grounds for ever taking the children.

Michael Lewis and Lauren Taylor are suing  local Health and Human Services officials and police officers in Coronado,  California, accusing them of false imprisonment, battery, negligence and civil  rights violations, according to a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court last  month.

The lawsuit stems from an incident on August  5, 2011, when local police received an anonymous tip that the couple were  operating an illegal covert daycare operation and exposing children to  marijuana.

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Michael Lewis and Lauren Taylor are suing local welfare  officials and police officers in Coronado, California after their two sons were  placed in foster care for nearly a year because of their use of medical  marijuana The couple, Michael Lewis and Lauren Taylor, have sued Coronado, two  city police officers, the county and seven Health and Human Services department  specialists, accusing them of false imprisonment, battery, negligence and civil  rights violations, according to a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court this  month.

Police found no evidence of a daycare center  at the house, but they did find Lewis’ prescribed marijuana.

A former Gulf War vet, he had been prescribed  the drug to help alleviate migraines he suffered after being exposed to  chemicals.

Lewis was able to provide the cops with a  valid California doctor’s recommendation which they were happy to accept.

But three days later, agents from the United States  Department of Health and Human Services showed up at the family’s home, reports  Courthousenews.com.

A former Gulf War vet, Michael Lewis had been prescribed marijuana to help alleviate migraines he suffered after being exposed to chemicals
A former Gulf War vet, Michael Lewis had been prescribed  marijuana to help alleviate migraines he suffered after being exposed to  chemicals

Citing the discovered marijuana as a ‘hazard’  in their official report, the agents removed the couple’s two young boys –  Cameran, then aged four, and Bailey, aged two – and placed them in an emergency  shelter for ‘abused, abandoned, and neglected children’ in San  Diego.

Even though the Center immediately determined  that the kids were ‘developmentally on target and there were no concerns for  them’, the children were kept from their parents for a year.

In their lawsuit, Lewis and his wife claim  the County repeatedly lied to the Courts, inventing tales of ‘abuse’ and  ‘neglect’ to keep the family separated.

Lewis was accused of being a forger and a  drug dealer who suffered from mental illness, while officials disregarded  evidence that his marijuana use had been recommended by a physician and  practiced away from the youngsters, and that Taylor did not use pot at  all.

After a year of anguish, Lauren Taylor had her boys returned after a judge ruled that the HHS had no grounds on which to continue holding themA
fter a year of anguish, Lauren Taylor had her boys  returned after a judge ruled that the HHS had no grounds on which to continue  holding them

Finally, on August 2, 2012, the children were  returned to their parents after a judge ruled that the HHS had no grounds on  which to continue holding them.

The family was overjoyed at being reunited  and now a year later has filed a  lawsuit.

They claim the misconduct by city and  county  officials has cost them physically and emotionally – from costly  drug tests and  supervised visitation to eviction and going a year  without the bond of family  life.

They are now suing for abduction of a child,  invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent  infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment and are seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and  punitive damages.

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Michael Lewis and Lauren Taylor were overjoyed in August  2012 when their boys were returned to them almost a year after they had first  been taken away

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