Mom who used pot, had son taken away makes first court appearance

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Shona Banda, a Garden City mom who faces five charges related to marijuana use, appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday.

Those charges came after her 11-year-old son made comments about Banda using pot during an anti-drug program in his fifth-grade class at Bernadine Sitts School.

Eleven days after the incident, Garden City police and the Department for Children and Families questioned Banda’s son at school and raided Banda’s home in Garden City. Authorities took her son away and put him in protective state custody.

Curtis Jacobs, Finney County court administrator, said Banda’s first-appearance court records were still being processed as of Tuesday afternoon but should be released Wednesday.

Banda’s attorney, Sarah Swain, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. In an interviewMonday, Swain said Banda made cannabis oil from pot in her home to treat her Crohn’s disease.

Swain said she plans to defend...

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