MEDFORD, Ore. — Local activists say some cannabis users have had their children taken away by Child Protective Services solely because marijuana is present in the home.
Lindsey Rinehart is organizing Tuesday’s rally and is new to Southern Oregon. She says she is not sure of how common this is locally, but she says she knows all too well that it does happen after having her children taken from her for more than two weeks.
While living in Idaho and being a vocal activist for the legalization of medical marijuana, she had her children taken by Child Protective Services on grounds of neglect because cannabis and paraphernalia was found in the house.
After 17 days, her children were returned to her and she says no charges were ever filed. Now she wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. The Southern Oregon Chapter of Moms for Marijuana is fairly new and will hold a rally tomorrow outside the Jackson County Court.
“We need to make sure that C.P.S. knows, D.H.S. knows that we are, as a nation and even internationally, calling for reform of their organization and we can all support each other by banding together and doing what needs to be done to make sure this doesn’t happen to any more families,” said Rinehart.
Rinehart says a leader of the Portland Chapter of Moms for Marijuana had her children taken from her last year in a similar situation. Other rallies will take place cities from Portland, to Atlanta to Berlin, Germany. The first meeting for Southern Oregon Moms for Marijuana will also take place this Friday.