Letter: Grandparents’ rights deserve more attention

To the editor,

Today, March 23, 2017, I read the headline, “Legal marijuana offers pot of gold,” and testimony.  In my opinion, people are mostly for it and less against it. The tremendous overwhelming turnout of crowds for this public hearing is so devastating and very sad to me as a grandparent.

As president of the Grandparent’s Rights Association Connecticut Chapter, I wished at our hearing on March 13, 2017 the citizens who turned out for the marijuana hearing would/should have turned out for our bill, HB7244, to get grandparents out of bondage, going on for many decades now, and it’s just to have visitation rights only. Grandparents have no rights.

Our Connecticut General Statute 46b-59 on grandparent’s rights is causing mental abuse, manipulation by so-called parents, keeping our minor children in unstable homes, keeping minor children in drug or alcohol addicted families. And, sad to say, the general public doesn’t turn out in large numbers to support our bill.

It seems the people who are for marijuana are not happy people in their lives, for which marijuana does induce euphoria. It does not make common sense at all. This is so contradictory.

This issue of legalizing marijuana for recreational use is really being supported because our legislators cannot keep a simple household budget intact, really. So they want to damage our young people more, and more money will be spent on security of our young people’s health in its entirety. Whereas, our grandparents rights bill will cost less money all around for grandparents and minor children in the areas of legal costs, mental abuse, drug addiction, children’s safety and development risk, etc.

Because our legislators do not have a relationship with an intact budget, they want to further demoralize our young people and our grandparent families.

Emidio C. Cerasale