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Compassionate Idaho's Lindsey Rinehart - multiple sclerosis patient, chief petitioner for Idaho's medical marijuana initiative, and now, mother fighting for the return of her children.

Compassionate Idaho’s Lindsey Rinehart – multiple sclerosis patient, chief petitioner for Idaho’s medical marijuana initiative, and now, mother fighting for the return of her children.

Four young boys, ages 11, 10, 6, and 5, have been taken by the State of Idaho Child Protective Services from their families.  Three prominent marijuana activists are now fighting for their children and their freedom.  If you can help financially support these brave activists, please visit to donate.

Lindsey Rinehart is the chief petitioner for Idaho’s medical marijuana initiative.  She is a multiple sclerosis patient who’s experienced a remarkable recovery by using cannabis to treat her symptoms.  She is the director of the medical marijuana activist group Compassionate Idaho.  In her role she has become one of the state’s most high-profile marijuana supporters, along with her husband Josh Rinehart, who is the director of Idaho NORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  Her friend. Sarah Caldwell, is the financial director for Moms for Marijuana International, another activist group which was formed by Idaho medical marijuana patient activist Serra Frank.

These three young people are far braver than me.  I was born and raised in Idaho and know exactly the harsh judgement and intense surveillance they face for the slightest of “radical” politics.  I left the state in 2003 for Oregon, a safe place for my ex-wife’s medical marijuana use and my own marijuana reform activism.  So when I heard my birth state was ripping the children away from these activists, I set up the donation shortlink for their legal defense fund.

Sarah’s two children were staying with Lindsey’s two children under the care of a babysitter while Sarah, Lindsey, and Josh vacationed for the weekend in the mountains.  Unbeknownst to them, in prior days one of the school friends of one of Lindsey’s boys had gotten in trouble.  Under interrogation this boy led police to believe they needed to conduct a “well child visit” at Lindsey’s home.  Police arrive to meet the babysitter and intimidate their way into the home.  After claiming to find some of Lindsey’s cannabis medicine, police bring in child protective services to take Lindsey’s and Sarah’s four boys and place them in foster homes.

I know all three of these activists personally.  They are the true grassroots volunteers who put their lives and liberty on the line to fight for freedom in a state that just recently voted through the legislature to oppose all forms of marijuana use – even medical!  According to Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, when Lindsey is lobbying to not be thrown in a cage and have her children stolen from her and placed with strangers, it’s a “farcical predatory scheme”.

Please, if you can help Lindsey, Josh, and Sarah with their legal fees, they have a donation page set up at  They need to put lawyers on retainer, of course, and begin this long fight to rebuild their families.  You can hear it all from Lindsey herself, interviewed live today on The Russ Belville Show, along with Moms for Marijuana founder Serra Frank.  This traumatic separation from their families is far worse for these children than any exposure to marijuana activism could possibly be.

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  • AMEN RUSS!!!!! Thank You Sooooo Much. We Will Stand By Lindsey, Josh And Sarah Through To The End And In The End…WE TOGETHER WILL PREVAIL!!!!!!!

  • Obie Hanson says:

    donated what i could… and Support you 100%… be strong, your kids are going to be so proud of you when this nasty stuff is over… believe it!

  • So wrong what these States are doing stay strong Lindsay and yes I believe your kids will be proud that you fight for your rights! God bless your family!

  • GothicProphet says:

    If you can’t donate financially, make sure you’re spreading the word around your social circles. It’s important that this message reaches everyone it can, as often as it can.

    After all, you never know who might be a friend of a friend that has deep pockets and looking for a worthy cause.

  • Janis Soyer says:

    These agencies abuse they’re power. So now if we fight for our rights our children are being taken away? What happened to Freedom of Speech? These children need to be sent back home! The stress this agency have put on these poor children AND they’re parents. Now that is abuse!!

  • Malcolm Kyle says:

    “What of the cripple who hates dancers? What of the ox who loves his yoke and deems the elk and deer of the forest stray and vagrant things? What of the old serpent who cannot shed his skin, and calls all others naked and shameless? And of him who comes early to the wedding-feast, and when over-fed and tired goes his way saying that all feasts are a violation and all feasters lawbreakers?”

    —Khalil Gibran

    It is the Prohibitionists, a wholly malignant scourge of absolute scoundrels, who are literally strangling the Constitution and starving Freedom to death. And until the Freedom and Constitution of our once proud and prosperous nation is secured, these same prohibitionist parasites, with their promotion of organized crime, murder, terrorism, and economic recession—and who carry with them a disease far fouler than Old Testament leprosy—shall be hunted down, removed from public life, and punished accordingly.

    Prohibition is an absolute scourge —The End! The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels, terrorists, and corrupt politicians most definitely IS.

    Prohibitionists are simply traitors that haven’t yet been Tried and Executed!

  • Cocomaan says:

    For what it’s worth, they should be contacting any representative that would handle their case. Most political offices have case management services.

  • I live in N. Idaho and while I love it here, I often feel like the only blue dot in a sea of red. I cannot believe that this kind of thing can still happen in America in this day and age! I am so sorry that this has happened to you. Will do what I can to help. I can only imagine what you are going through. The others are right, your kids will be proud of you. Big Hugs

  • Will Buckner says:

    Thank you to the family and I hope you keep fighting. I know, I know, you shouldn’t have to fight. They started the war, not us, but we have to win it. They want a drug war? Can’t wait till Obama’s at Hippy Hill signing the fucking surrender document.

  • ponderinglife says:

    I’m so sorry these families are being put through this and hope they file a tort claim against the State of Idaho. I am a social worker and practiced in the state of Idaho for several decades, during which time I made many legitimate referrals to Child Protection concerning children who were being abused. I have never before heard of Child Protection in Idaho removing children because there was marijuana in the home. In fact I have heard Idaho Child Protection workers say explicitly that it isn’t a child safety issue. This is clearly political retribution at its worst.

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