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Lawsuit filed by Rastafarian woman in Minot dismissed

November 16, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a practicing Rastafarian after her baby daughter was born in Minot with traces of marijuana in her system.

North Central Human Services put Shanika Lister’s name on a child abuse registry after the 2015 birth. Lister argued putting her name on the registry was illegal after a judge later ruled her use of marijuana during pregnancy was a protected religious practice.

Lister also said she experienced emotional distress from having her daughter briefly taken into foster care.

The Minot Daily News reports Judge Todd Cresap dismissed the case because Lister’s name has already been removed from the registry. He also said the defendants had a duty to investigate reports of child neglect and were immune from being sued.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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