So you support marijuana legalization in Idaho? And are vocal about it – taking your cause to the media. Well then – you had better be ready for the hammer of injustice to visit your home… at least once in a while.
Seemingly, that was the lesson two upset Idaho medical marijuana activists learned. Despite having their children ripped from their arms, they continue to fire up support for marijuana legalization.
Are they model parents… probably not. But who is? We all have short comings. Some need a fist full of pharmaceuticals to sleep every night, while others drink themselves into a stupor and call it bliss. Regardless of your moral compass – yanking kids from their parents, for having weed in their home, is just plain wrong.
Lindsey and Josh Rinehart spoke in support of medical marijuana legalization, carried signs, and talked to members of the media at Monday’s rally on the Statehouse steps.
About a dozen others joined the Rineharts in their cause. Many were from the pro-pot group Compassionate Idaho. The event comes almost a week after police say they searched the Rinehart’s home, finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The search resulted in the couple’s two children being turned over to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Rinehart admits to having the pot for medical reasons, but says the seizure of her children was wrong.
Boise Police say the investigation started last week after a school official reported an 11-year-old child had apparently eaten some marijuana and was feeling ill. Officers say the child was not one of the Rinehart’s children.
Police say they traced the marijuana to the Rinehart’s home on Malad Street in Boise. That’s where they reportedly found found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in areas commonly used by children between five and 11-years-old.
While she admits to having illegal cannabis in her home, Rinehart believes she should be able to use it for medical purposes, and also she says she’s fighting to get her boys back.
“You don’t remove a patient’s children for having cannabis,” Rinehart said. “This is why we fight to change the rules in Idaho. This is the perfect example of why.”