Police Seize Children Of Idaho Pot Advocate

May 1, 2013

An advocate for medical marijuana in Idaho is fighting to have her three children returned to her, after they were taken when marijuana was found in her home.

Lindsey Rinehart of Boise is the campaign manager with Compassionate Idaho, a group organizing a signature gathering campaign to put medical marijuana on the Idaho ballot.

Last week, Boise police went to her home after an 11-year-old child at a Boise school became ill after eating what police believe was marijuana.

The child was not Rinehart's, but police say witnesses told them they believed the marijuana came from her home.

Rinehart and her husband were out of town at the time, but a babysitter let police into the home.

Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower, who would not go on tape said police found marijuana inside the home.

Officers made a determination that the safety of Rinehart's three children was at risk because of the marijuana in the home, and the children were put into protective custody.

Rinehart admits that there was a very small amount of marijuana in her bedroom, but that her main supply was in a locked refrigerator in the same room. She says her children had been taught that marijuana was off limits to them:

"And they know they are not supposed to touch it, just like any medication in the house," Rinehart says. "I have pills that I take for my multiple sclerosis, they know not to touch that or touch cannabis."

Rinehart has yet to be charged in the case. She says she has relied on marijuana as a treatment for her MS. She says state officials have not yet told her what it will take to get her three children returned.

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