There is a lot of negative stigma for cannabis users today still, even though it is widely legalized in North America. In this pool of judgement there are common assumptions that a cannabis patient wouldn't make a suitable parent, even for a child who doesn't have a loving home to call their own.
Cannabis users, advocates, and activists, know that this assumption is heavily fueled by ignorance and misunderstanding. But that fear of being critically looked at for cannabis use is something that might keep interested parents away from placing themselves up for consideration in becoming foster parents.
Why would legal cannabis lead to decreases in foster placements?
They have seen around a 10% reduction in foster care admissions and this includes a reduction in placements.
Those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes though have had their parental rights infringed upon and there is reasonable fear within the cannabis community from those who worry that others might negatively look at them and their parenting because of their peaceful cannabis use.