Kansas holds children of Colorado veteran who uses medical marijuana

Colorado parents Raymond and Amelia Schwab lost custody of their kids but say they've done nothing wrong

Veteran Raymond Schwab and his wife Amelia are pictured on January 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Raymond, who suffers PTSD, came to Colorado to use medical marijuana to help treat his PTSD. Because of this the state of Kansas, where he lived, took away his kids. He is fighting to get them back. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Raymond Schwab, an honorably discharged veteran, moved to Colorado last year to get treated for post-traumatic stress and chronic pain with medical marijuana.

He didn't expect Kansas would take his children in return.



One of the biggest medical cannabis cases in the country is starting up in the heart of Kansas. Shona Banda is facing, what could be, the rest of her life in prison. Last year Banda was the target of a raid by law enforcement in Garden City, Kansas.

Officers conducted the raid after Banda’s 11-year-old son apparently knew “too much information” in relation to cannabis during a drug education class at his school. Remind you, Banda’s son lived in Colorado, where his mother is a medicinal marijuana patient and advocate.


Kansas AG puts out statewide call for info on Colorado marijuana

TOPEKA — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday that he has launched a project to collect information from local law enforcement agencies about how marijuana purchased in Colorado is entering Kansas and how it's affecting the state.

“There are numerous and persistent anecdotal accounts of marijuana acquired in Colorado and illegally transported into Kansas causing harm here,” Schmidt said. “But because of technology limits, the confirming data is elusive. Since Colorado’s experiment with legalization is affecting Kansas, we need to know more about what is actually happening here so policymakers can make informed decisions.”


Mother Who Used Medical Cannabis to Treat Deadly Disease Had Her Son Taken Away, Faces 28 Years in Prison

You don't want to be a medical marijuana patient in Kansas. You could face, arrest, prosecution, imprisonment, and the loss of your children. Just ask Shona Banda, who endured the latest chapter of her ordeal Monday.

The Garden City mother faces five marijuana-related charges, including three felonies, and had her 11-year-old son taken away by the state after the boy piped up during an anti-drug class at school to say that his mom "smokes a lot."

Shona Banda uses marijuana, and makes no bones about it. She has publicly said she uses cannabis oil to treat her Crohn's disease and even authored a book about it: Live Free or Die: Reclaim Your Life…Reclaim Your Country!


Medical marijuana advocate Shona Banda, supporters rally outside courthouse

Going into court Monday morning, Shona Banda said she was “nervous but not scared.”

About a dozen supporters gathered in front of the Finney County Courthouse to support Banda, a Garden City medicinal marijuana advocate who was in court for a preliminary hearing on drug charges and a child endangerment charge.

Banda is charged with endangering a child, distribution or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Advocacy group wants medical marijuana in Kansas

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The north side of the Statehouse became a graveyard Saturday afternoon.

And a funeral.

All symbols used by the advocacy group Bleeding Kansas to bring awareness of a bill they’ve been trying to get out of committee for years.

The group and other Kansans are asking legislators to consider making medical marijuana legal.

“We just would like to have a conversation,” said Lisa Sublett, the president and founder of Bleeding Kansas. “We would like to have the dialogue and show them the research.”

According to Sublett, there are lawmakers who support the bill but the group is letting those legislators come forward on their own because the subject of medical marijuana is often divisive.


Medical marijuana advocates will rally for access at Kansas Capitol

Silent protest planned at Kansas Capitol

Medical marijuana supporters are planning a silent protest at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka next month.

The protest, organized by Bleeding Kansas, is meant to memorialize those who have died in the state without the right to use marijuana to heal, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The group’s “Day of the Kansas Dead” rally is set for Nov. 7.

Bleeding Kansas is an organization working to promote awareness and support for the Kansas Cannabis Compassionate Care Act.


Kansas Groups advocate for medical marijuana legalization

A silent protest dubbed the “Day of the Kansas Dead” will be held at the Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Bleeding Kansas, an organization established with the goal of getting a cannabis compassion and care bill passed in the Legislature, is organizing the event.

Lisa Sublett, founder of the organization, said the protest is being held “to memorialize those who have died without the right to heal.”

The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and participants are encouraged to dress up with costumes such as the grim reaper. A living art sculpture will also be formed.

Though Sublett identifies as a Republican, she said she is frustrated by the party. Republicans say they value life, but they disregard the suffering of people, she said.


Court Support Needed For Shona Banda At Prelim Hearing

Court Support Needed For Shona Banda At Prelim Hearing

Shona Banda, mother, author of "Live Free Or Die", and long-time cannabis activist is currently facing the possibility of 30 years in prison for invoking one of her most important human rights, the right to live. Now it's our turn to show Shona our support for her at her hearings. Supporters are needed in high numbers at the Finney County Courthouse located at 425 N 8th St., Garden City, Kansas on November 16th at 8:30am and November 23rd at 1:30 pm in Judge Wurst's courtroom. We ask that everyone shows up an hour early for coordinating and a rally. PLEASE SHOW UP DRESSED IN YOUR BEST ATTIRE! Shona asks that everyone is dressed to impress in formal attire. Please no t-shirts or jeans!


Vietnam veteran denied pain pills after testing positive for marijuana

TOPEKA (KSNT) — A nationwide argument between the veterans administration and groups which represent the rights of veterans emerged in Topeka Tuesday.

That issue is whether veterans should be denied prescription medications because they use marijuana for physical or emotional pain even in states which allow medical marijuana use.

We found out about it when a Vietnam veteran contacted KSNT News.

“I went in to get a refill on my pain medication and they refused to let me have it, because I have marijuana in my blood,” Gary Dixon, Vietnam veteran.


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