Vet Goes on Hunger Strike After the State Took His Kids for Him Legally Using Cannabis for PTSD

hunger-strike-raymond-schwabBy Matt Agorist

Disabled Navy veteran Raymond Schwab moved to Colorado last year to free himself from addictions that grew out of the pharmaceuticals prescribed by the VA to treat his service-related physical and psychological injuries.

Because Schwab is legally using medicinal cannabis in Colorado, officials in prohibitionist Kansas have abducted five of his children, ranging from 5 to 16 years of age.

In an email to The Free Thought Project, Schwab tells us that he has begun a hunger strike until his children are returned. The strike began Monday and, according to Schwab, will continue until he is reunited with his children.

In a letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Schwab writes:

Now, realizing Riley County Courts do not care about their oath of office, nor the Constitution or the law I will be on a hunger strike at the State Capitol until my children are returned, a Federal lawsuit or injunction is filed against you or those who have committed this crime are indicted. Some have said your State will not care, and they will let me starve to death. If that happens it will be on your doorstep, and my blood will be on your hands. Give me my children. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus – Ms. Brownback said recently that Kansas DCF and foster care should be a model for the nation. God help us all if that ever becomes a reality.

As Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access points out, medical cannabis is an effective treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), where other drugs fail. Veterans are successfully treating themselves despite the federal government’s prohibition.

The ransom demanded by the Kansas “child protection” bureaucracy is a promise that Schwab will refrain from using cannabis, and four months of “clean” urinalysis test results.

“They’re basically using my kids as a pawn to take away freedoms I fought for,” Schwab explained to the Denver Post. “It’s a horrible position to put me in.”

Last April, a child abuse investigation cleared Schwab of harming his children in any way. Yet a judge has ruled that the children will remain in state control until Schwab and his wife foreswear any further legal use of cannabis.

Despite admitting that they have no grounds to keep the children because the charges are unsubstantiated, the DCF continues to hold their children hostage.

In a statement to the Topeka Capital-Journal, a DCF spokesperson confirmed that they need no evidence to kidnap a family’s children.

Determining whether an allegation is true is separate from a recommendation to remove children from the home, said Theresa Freed, communications director for DCF. Though an unsubstantiated finding that doesn’t lead to a parent getting their child back may be confusing, Freed said, substantiated findings account for only 4 percent of the removals the agency handles.

The DCF’s declaration that 96 percent of all children they have kidnapped are being held on unsubstantiated charges is chilling and a testament to the arbitrary nature of their motives.

To make matters worse, the Schwab’s 13-year-old son has been institutionalized against the family’s will. He is now being held in a state facility where he is being given psychotropic drugs and is expected to remain there for up to 60 days.

The DCF has attempted to smear the family in the media by claiming that they are holding more information that can implicate the Schwab’s in abuse and claim the if Raymond would allow them to go public, the world would know. However, the Schwabs have repeatedly tried to view the documents themselves — but they have not been allowed.

In response to the DCF allegations, the Schwabs released a statement that read in part:

My wife and I are thankful that DCF is so committed to releasing the truth as we are. We also agree that there needs to be a level of privacy and safety for children concerning sensitive issues such as child abuse.

I have released to the Topeka Capital Journal the findings from DCF that ALL allegations were unsubstantiated against us. Since DCF, District Attorney Barry Wilkerson, and Judge Bosch refuse to give me ALL documents pertaining to our case, even though I am representing myself, I cannot say what DCF claims we are hiding.

We have never said this case is about Cannabis alone. It was based on false allegations of abuse, which the DCF report said were unsubstantiated, then told us that lack of substantiation meant nothing and we had to stop our legal Cannabis Therapy in our home State in order to even visit or get our children back. This we have done as we currently have visited our children after submitting clean UA’s.

So this is about Cannabis. When I confronted Governor Brownback today and begged for my children back he stated that since the allegations were unsubstantiated we would get our children back. When I informed him that finding was issued in July of 2015 he said he could not control the courts and walked away.

DCF claim my children are safer in their care, but they have been abused with multiple hotline report of sexual and physical abuse filed while in DCF custody. They are hiding the actual reports from us while telling us on the phone it did happen but they cannot give me details.

Raymond’s hunger strike started on the 14th and the state has yet to respond. In what world is it considered acceptable to kidnap a family’s children, split them up, medicate them against their will, and allow them to be physically and sexually abused to protect them from their parents who’ve done none of these things?

Former Gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Winn is on the side of the Schwab family and responded to their case in a statement on her Facebook page Wednesday.

I am now the official power of attorney over Raymond and Amelia Schwabs children.

I am hereby giving public notice to Governor Brownback, DCF, St. Francis, Judge Bosch and Pathway Family Services located at 4101 SW Martin Drive. Suite B. Topeka, Kansas 66609 you do NOT have the authority to medicate Raymond and Amelia Schwab’s 13 year old son Caleb Karl Schwab DOB-07-16-03 under any circumstance with mind altering drugs. Should you continue to force feed this child any mind altering medication, your company and ANY personnel performing this task will be in violation of my consent and you will be held accountable in a court of law.

Brownback’s number 785-296-3232

Posted by Jennifer Winn for Kansas on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

On Sunday, Raymond told The Free Thought Project that the records will be released to Jennifer Winn.

They said we are lying and if we signed a release to any citizen they would open the records to them. We signed a release to former gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Winn and will be going into DCF at 1:00 pm and hold a press conference after so she can report her findings. I stated to the press if she said we were lying I would stop the hunger strike.

Here’s what you can do to help this family in need.

The family has started a Facebook page to keep their supporters up to date. You can visit the Free the Schwab Children Facebook page here.

Then you can contact everyone involved who continues to keep this family apart and peacefully let them know that what they are doing is wrong.

Governor Brownback may be reached at 785-296-3232, or contacted here. He is also on Facebook and on Twitter.

The following people can also be contacted, at the request of the parents:

DCF-Chief of Staff – Wm. Jeff Kahrs 785-296-3271
DCF Communications Director – Theresa Freed 785-296-3271

Name: Barry Wilkerson
Title: Riley County Attorney
Phone: 785-537-6390

Judge John F. Bosch
Clerk of the Court – Katherine J. Oliver
Ph: 785-537-6371

H/T Medical Kidnap

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist

  • Harlow

    Sure, that will fix his issues? They must feel pretty secure about themselves taking this action.

    • Pyra Gorgon

      Of course they do. What is anyone gonna do? Nothing! That is what emboldens them: we are too cowardly and smitten to do anything resembling fighting back for human dignity sake.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    Brownback: Exactly, where every yellow brick road leads to, just don’t look at the ones behind the curtain

    If you don’t yet get the big picture, well, perhaps you’ll have to wait for the Tribal pedophiles to remove your children for ‘safe-keeping’ before you get that this is a demon-stration of the Cabalian nation upon every station, all bought and souled, from the judges to the mindless ‘jungle lore’ enforcement zombies, how do you think they can afford those shiny new Humvees.

  • littljo

    Another worthless top down agency – nwo driven pedophiles – organs for sale?
    Should move to Colorado or Washington or DeCeipt.
    Goodluck on getting your kids back – red tape anyone.

  • guest

    I have complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder CPTSD. My medical marijuana edible (cookie) surprised me and has become a MIRACLE CURE. It alleviated all my symptoms within a half an hour. Allowed me to function in a relatively normal way. It is the most amazing “cure” Ive ever had and I’ve tried almost everything. I didn’t get high, as it had very low THC levels but more canabanoids. Combined with Talk therapy this is an unbelievable treatment. Why it’s not legal and easily accessible to everyone is beyond me? Stories like those above just disgust me. This is just another reason added to the very long list as to why the entire world hates the United States.

    • eddysachs

      I had no idea that another word is attached to PTSD…reminds me of George Carlin’s breakdown…from “Shell Shock’_> CPTSD?…politically correction marching down the road…don’t get me wrong…I’ve suffered from PTSD since I was raped by a male babysitter at 4 yrs old, multiple times, that went on to become a priest…go figure …+ I was horrifically abused physically /mentally by a narcissist psychopath father unrelentingly, until I escaped at 15yrs old…it wasn’t until I couldn’t stop drinking coupled with bad behaviors, that I knew something was up …suffice to say it followed me around for 50yrs until I had a complete nervous breakdown discombobulation…did the research & quit drinking as soon as I’d diagnosed myself…no help from the white witch doctors & YES marijuana helps me tremendously…What these neo-Nazi’s are doing to this poor man is unbeeeleeevably despicable…all for $$$ & Kontrol of the BIG pHARMaceutical allopathic LIE…ptsd is ptsd no matter where you trauma came from & should be treated with cannabinoids that actually DELIVER + lots of love if you can eventually… Love yourself…just getting out of a chair & the mental pain attached takes hours sometimes …believe me I know…good luck

    • James Bennett

      Truth bomb………
      Who owns the rights to cannabis for medicinal application?
      the for profit corporation Doing Business As: USA, Inc..
      Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • Brett

      There is no money to be made from you and me being well. I believe there is a cure for every single disease in the world; but you will never know about it. Those who find ‘cures’ end up dead or go missing. Remember that the next time you donate to your fav cancer research foundation in which the directors pay themselves huge salaries! Research Pink Ribbon, because they are laughing at us. Free money!

      • William Burke

        There is not enough money in cancer cures, obviously, since cures have been known for about a century. NO, the money is in ineffectual, hyper-expensive TREATMENT and eventual death.

        Talk about your mind-numbing HOLOCAUST.

        • Brett

          Will, are we all so afraid that we cant all stand up and defend ourselves from the horrors being inflicted on us? We are as good as dead anyway. What are people so scared of? Death? We are all going to meet on the banks of River Styx at some point; why not be sure it’s on OUR terms?

  • Brett

    What should we do to those who steal our children? Please be honest, because your answer will define you as a person and what you are prepared to do. Dont be afraid either…

    • William Burke

      At the very least, they should be segregated from society for the rest of their days where they can do no more harm. We can argue about the nature of the segregation – imprisonment, death, penal colony, etc. – but clearly they must never be allowed to return to society in any form whatsoever!

  • Malinda Sherwyn

    Governor Brownback @GovBrownback !! Is this how you treat injured veterans and their families!? Thanks Activist Post for covering this important story…thousands of non offending parents lose their children to abuse of the so call “child welfare” system in this country.
    Jennifer Winn great job brining this to light! Sunshine IS the best disinfectant.

  • AntiLieGuy

    The evil agency that kidnapped those children should be in prison! The drug war is illegal and everyone who supports or enforces it is a treasonous criminal that belongs at the end of a rope! In addition, the evil government knew that marijuana cured cancer in 1974 and withheld it from the public. They also should hang for treason.
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  • Malinda Sherwyn

    How is this man his wife and children doing? Are they okay? Does he have his children back yet?… Hope you stay on this story of how Kansas treats it’s injured veterans

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