Your Cannabis or Your Kids
How Child Protective Services Profits From and Promotes Marijuana Prohibition
“the cops r here!!! they say there was a problem at school?”
The mountains of Idaho provide wonderful backwoods recreational opportunities that Boise resident Lindsey Rinehart and her husband, Josh, took advantage of one April weekend. The wilderness is a welcome respite from constant interruptions, out of reach of any cell phone towers. Lindsey and Josh, along with their friend Sarah Caldwell, were driving back down the mountain to Boise when they reached cell coverage and the terrifying text messages downloaded all at once.
“I had to let them in they said they had to do safety check for the boys?”
Sarah and Lindsey are good friends. They are both raising two boys five years apart in age; Lindsey’s boys are six and eleven, Sarah’s are five and ten. They are both dealing with disabilities that make motherhood difficult; Lindsey’s coping with multiple sclerosis, Sarah suffers from _______. They often take trips together and share babysitting costs, leaving the four boys with an older family friend at Lindsey’s home.
“they found your meds. they are taking the boys!!!”
Lindsey Rinehart also happens to be the chief petitioner for a medical marijuana law for the state of Idaho. Josh Reinhart is the president of Idaho NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Sarah Caldwell is a prominent member of Compassionate Idaho, the grassroots organization behind the medical marijuana petition, and an organizer of Idaho HOPEfest, Boise’s only hemp festival. On this night, a dispute at an elementary school has given the Boise Police Department the leeway they needed to get into Lindsey’s home and find medical marijuana, the excuse they needed to take her children away while their parents were still camping in the woods, and the leverage they needed to stymie any attempts to pass medical marijuana in Idaho.