Kansas medical marijuana activist fights to be with son as officials feud over law

Although she has not been charged with a crime or arrested over the medicinal marijuana that was found in her home, a libertarian-leaning Kansas activist is at odds with her state over the custody and future of her 11-year-old son.

Shona Banda lost custody of her son, at least temporarily, last Monday at a court hearing tinged with the irony of its date: 4/20. Such coincidences aside, the circumstances of her case lend it symbolism about the state of the decades-long “war on drugs” in America: a registered Republican is fighting a deeply conservative state over her son and medical marijuana, while a Democratic president has hinted he will endorse a bill – co-sponsored by a Republican presidential candidate – that would allow patients the drug without fear of federal prosecution.

With a gag order on the custody case, a friend of Banda’s could...

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