The chairs and sleeping bags on the north steps of the Kansas Statehouse were empty Wednesday morning.
Raymond Schwab, who has been camping there for weeks to protest the state’s removal of his children from his custody, had temporarily moved to the opposite side of the Capitol for a rally with other marijuana legalization advocates.
Schwab claims the state removed his children because he uses marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the U.S. Navy. At the rally, he announced the end of a 17-day hunger strike and the beginning of a federal lawsuit against Gov. Sam Brownback, the head of the Kansas Department for Children and Families and other state officials.
The suit, similar to one filed days earlier by Garden City mother Shona Banda, asserts Schwab has a constitutional right to use medical marijuana.