Police Raid Home of Medicinal Marijuana Multiple Sclerosis Patient, Throw Her Kids in Foster Care

Three prominent advocates for medical marijuana in Iowa had their children taken away last week after the police investigated them on charges relating to marijuana trafficking. Their sons were considered to be in “imminent danger” by law enforcement, and they were all taken away and put in foster case, local news outlet KTVB reports.

The activists are Lindsey and Josh Rinehart and Sarah Caldwell. All three of them are leaders in the group Compassionate Idaho, which advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana in Iowa. The activists were on a trip, but when they got back to the Rinehart residence, their sons were gone. While Caldwell’s two sons are back with her, the Rineharts’ sons remain in foster care.

“They took my children. Due to cannabis being present in the house,” said Lindsey Rinehart, the executive director of Compassionate Idaho. “They say their goal is to return our children to our home once it is deemed safe. They say our children will be in foster care for 30 days.”

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    You speak as if horrible things don’t happen every where. Idaho is no better or worse than any other state. You speak so ignorantly when you speak of marijuana. You clearly have done your research on laws involved with the substance, yet your statements involving the substance itself are clearly clouded and you obviously don’t know anything about marijuana.

  2. Anonymous on

    You speak as if horrible things don’t happen every where. Idaho is no better or worse than any other state. You speak so ignorantly when you speak of marijuana. You clearly have done your research on laws involved with the substance, yet your statements involving the substance itself are clearly clouded and you obviously don’t know anything about marijuana.

  3. Anonymous on

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  4. Anonymous on

    David…You rabid response in defending the Boise Police is disgusting. You act like I do not know what I am saying as if I live somewhere else, other than the area indicated in the story. There is no way you can defend the actions of the Boise Police in this case. The cannabis was not in an area where Lindsey’s children had access. And all of the BS of “Knock and Talk” and intruding into private residences without a warrant is still not right. I read the papers from Twin Falls, Boise, Ontario, Weiser, Nampa, Hailey, papers, the Valley times and a lot of little county weeklies. Does that satisfy for “Local”. These welfare checks are just pretenses, and as I state are a specialty of the BPD, who removes more children than any other agency. It is not the Police’s mission to be the judge and jury for what is acceptable living conditions. NOT THEIR JOB!, david.

    Now that I have responded, I must assure you that my family has been here before the place was even a state, and really resent the fact that you think that I have come here from somewhere else to trash the state. Your Gestapo attitude is what is trashing the state. I am surprised that you would come on this forum and defend the actions of a Police state..oh, sorry, you are probably a LEO, anyway (how is that for jumping to conclusions, based upon your rant?..maybe not accurate, but that is how you come across..)

    Nothing that I have said are lies…so I say that you lie…how about that…G’day, mate….

  5. jammerk65 on

    one more reason to make cannabis legal!

  6. Anonymous on

    This story is about IDAHO…not IOWA…Idaho has some of the most draconian cannabis laws in all of the states.  simple possession of over 3 oz is a mandatory trafficing charge.  The Police had no warrant and cajoled the babysitter into consenting to the search.  THEN, they got a warrant after they had looked through the entire house.  The Boise Police remove a number of children every month on this type of charge. I read a lot of local papers and nowhere else do the police engage in the wholesale child removal as the Boise Police Department does.  The BPD also came on the news with a scathing reply to Lindsey’s plea for her children.  A case of pure political harassment.

  7. Mrs. RatsRectum on

    The mere presence of cannabis in the house is insufficient cause to any educated, fair-minded person.  Of course, the prohibitionists don’t like to be fair.  They took her kids, yet a judge through out possession & charges against a NY politician who voted with the prohibitionists.  I’m glad they tossed his charges, and hope that he changes and votes pro-cannabis now that he’s been outed.  Charges need to be dropped against this woman, and her kids returned unless they can prove the kids were using it with the blessing of the adults. If it was inaccessible (locked up) and the kids weren’t allowed at it, drop all charges and give her back the kids immediately.  None of this 30 days shit.  People can have cigarettes, alcohol even assault weapons in the house and authorities won’t swoop in with charges and taking the children just because cigarettes, alcohol and weapons were in the house.  I mean, you got your carton of cigarettes on a shelf somewhere in the house, probably a pack of cigarettes nearby, ash trays in site, beer in the fridge and booze presumably locked up or on the high shelf, and you got your guns up high or better yet locked up in a gun cabinet.

     

    They can get away with this shit in less densely populated areas/states where the cops don’t have anything better to do and are obviously overfunded. It’s more shattered lives that didn’t need to be.  A damn shame. 

     

    If California legalizes via its legislature then a balllot measure to go Washington or Colorado style won’t be necessary   With a state as large and populous as California legalizing for recreational use, I just don’t see how the feds can sustain this level of ignoring the 800-pound gorilla in the room.