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Oregon Moms for Marijuana Plan Rally

 

Southern Oregon Moms for Marijuana plan to hold a rally today on the Jackson County Courthouse steps at 4 PM.  The group is fighting against efforts to restrict access to marijuana or impose harsh penalties on users, including taking their children away from them solely because marijuana is 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.

 

“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.

 

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.

 

Rinehart said Moms for Marijuana hopes to educate the public about the benefits of medical marijuana and the futility of the decades-long fight over pot.

 

The Southern Oregon Chapter of Moms for Marijuana is fairly new and will hold their rally today outside the Jackson County Court.  Moms for Marijuana also will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Friday at Southern Oregon Community Center and Clinic, 816 Bennett Ave., Medford.

 

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