Kids back with parents after marijuana incident

sberg@idahostatesman.comMay 14, 2013 

Boise Police officers took Lindsey and Josh Rinehart’s sons, ages 5 and 10, from their home three weeks ago and put them in state custody.

The boys were back with the Rineharts on Friday, Lindsey said. She described her mood recently as “kind of a nervous wreck.”

“It’s been difficult with the kids gone,” she said.

Officers went to the Rineharts’ home April 23 after an 11-year-old at a local school reported being sick. The child had eaten marijuana, reportedly from the Rineharts' home, police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said.

Rinehart said she doesn't believe the substance that made the 11-year-old sick, if it was marijuana, came from her home.

Officers took the Rineharts' sons and two other children because they found marijuana and paraphernalia within the children’s reach, Hightower said.

Lindsey Rinehart suggested police targeted her because she is an advocate for legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana in Idaho. She has not been charged with a crime.

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