A Colorado mom is wondering just how easy is it to get this red card and why are doctors so much medical marijuana.
Chasity Ross's family ritual with her kids is a far cry from her childhood.
"I'm in Kindergarten, 5 years old, and I said, 'Pot's not bad because' -- and I stopped myself," she says.
Ross struggled to reconcile obeying the law and protecting loved ones.
"I knew that pot was not right, but I grew up in that where pot was OK," she recalls.
Which changed the dynamic for her as a daughter.
"If they ran out or didn't have enough money, they were a different person," she says of her parents.
She says this eventually lead to an illness for her father: addiction.
"What's really sad is the person I really liked was the person who was on it when they were taken in," Ross recalls.
So when she hears about abuse in Colorado's medical marijuana system and the number of recommended red cards doled out by doctors, she says she can't help but feel a certain amount of fear.
"I've seen too many people take advantage of it," she says. "I know too many people that have cards that don't actually need it. I think there should be a definite protocol for how physicians write the script; what qualifies a patient for receiving that."
According to Sergeant Jim Gerhardt, that fear may exist for good reason, as some marijuana users have reported a "high hangover" when they run out, which officers believe could be connected with a number of child abuse cases.
"They're in a recovery period and discipline goes too far," Sgt. Gerhardt says.
While Chasity's experience wasn't physically brutal, she doesn't want her kids to think cannabis is the only answer when life's pains seem to be near overflowing.
"I have seen the affects it has on people and changing their attitudes," she says. "Don't want my kids seeking out that high from that."
Chasity says she's not completely opposed to marijuana as a medical treatment, but she would like to see the system looped up a little bit and have more protocols for doctors who are prescribing or recommending these products.