Medical Pot Use Means Mom Faces Losing Son, 30 Years in Prison

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A mom who says marijuana is the only thing that helps with her Crohn’s disease surrendered herself to Kansas authorities for arrest Monday, to face possession charges in a state where medical use of pot is illegal.

Shona Banda, a cannabis advocate, made news in March when her 11-year-old son made comments about her medical pot use during an anti-drug presentation at school, leading to intervention from child services and a police search of her home that turned up over a pound of marijuana. Banda’s son was taken into state custody, where Banda’s attorney Sarah Swain says he remains now.

The state charged Banda with five criminal counts related to her drug use and set a $50,000 bond in June.

Banda is due to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday to set trial dates. Future court proceedings will determine her sentence and whether or not...

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