Kansas

Tue
16
Jun

Banda turns herself in as attorney and supporters speak out

As she approached the Finney County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Shona Banda, the local medicinal marijuana advocate who gained national attention after the state took custody of her son, was surrounded by supporters, including Jennifer Winn, the Republican candidate who challenged Gov. Sam Brownback in last August’s primary.

Banda, accompanied by her attorney Sarah Swain and several others, turned herself in at the Law Enforcement Center at 2 p.m. Monday. Several local media outlets gathered outside along with other supporters.

Tue
16
Jun

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

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.

Tue
16
Jun

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

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.

Wed
10
Jun

Kansas woman faces prison and loses son after he tells classmates medical marijuana saved mom’s life

Kansas mother Shona Banda is unable to see her child and faces decades in prison after authorities confiscated marijuana from her Garden City home in March.

On Friday, the state of Kansas charged Banda with “five felony counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, manufacturing Tetrahydrocannabinol, an oil extracted from marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of child endangerment,” the Washington Post reports.

Wed
10
Jun

Cannabis Oil Activist Shona Banda, Now Facing Felony Charges, Speaks Out

In a new exclusive interview with Truth in Media, medical cannabis oil activist and Crohn's disease survivor Shona Banda, whose story went viral earlier this year when her home was raided by police and her 11-year-old son was seized by the Kansas Department for Children and Families after her son discussed facts about his mother's medical marijuana treatment during a public school anti-drug presentation, speaks out about the five criminal charges that are now being filed against her.

Tue
09
Jun

Charges against Garden City mother enflame cannabis community

For years, Garden City resident Shona Banda has been self-medicating her Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil and making no secret of it, touting her homemade vaporizer on YouTube and in a self-published book.

Now, Banda could face up to 17 years in prison for doing so, in a case that has medical marijuana advocates enraged and legislators from both parties saying it is past time to re-examine the state’s drug laws.

“We are terrified,” said Lisa Sublett, founder of the medical marijuana advocacy group Bleeding Kansas. “We are outraged. We are heartbroken. Many are planning to move.”

Mon
08
Jun

Kansas medicinal marijuana advocate charged on multiple counts

The local medicinal marijuana advocate who made national news earlier this year after her son was taken into protective custody is now facing criminal charges.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier on Friday issued a press release outlining five charges being filed against Shona Banda, 37, Garden City: 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, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Three of the charges are felonies. Banda faces a potential sentence of 138 to 204 months.

Fri
05
Jun

Ukiah tribe downsizes plans for marijuana farm

A Ukiah tribe has downsized its plans for a medical marijuana farm, at least for now, as it continues to explore what will and won’t be tolerated by law enforcement officials.

The Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s initial plan, backed by a Kansas investment company that funds tribal economic projects like casinos and now marijuana operations, called for a $10 million pot-growing operation in multiple greenhouses spanning some 110,000 square feet on the tribe’s rancheria just north of Ukiah.

Wed
27
May

LA Pot Reform Bills Advance, KS Pot Reform Bill Dies, NE CBD Bill Dies

Louisiana may be about to reform its harsh marijuana laws, but not Kansas; a Nebraska CBD cannabis oil bill dies, a Michigan legalization initiative goes back to the drawing board, the Germans and the Israelis grapple with marijuana policy, and more.

Marijuana Policy

Fri
15
May

Kansas Movement on marijuana

Because of Wichita’s approval of a city ordinance in April and House action last week, Kansas no longer seems like the last place you’d expect to weaken marijuana laws.

The Kansas Supreme Court’s order Wednesday in response to Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s challenge of Wichita’s new marijuana ordinance was welcome news. The September oral arguments and resulting ruling should clarify the future of the ordinance, which is caught up in legal confusion.

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