11-year-old removed from home for speaking the truth about bud


Shona Banda is a medical marijuana activist living in Garden City, Kansas. She suffered Crohn’s Disease for years before discovering cannabis oil helped to control her symptoms. She was so impressed with marijuana’s ability to control her symptoms that she became an activist to help others.

Her 11-year-old son was at school listening to a talk by a D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) police officer when he chimed with some counter information about medical marijuana and things have gotten out of hand from there:

As Shona’s son listened to the misinformation given by authorities to his class during the drug education presentation, he courageously spoke up and informed them that the information they were relating was incorrect in regards to cannabis. He was pulled from class and sent to the office for questioning by authorities without his mother present.When he failed to return home from school, Banda contacted the school only to be told that her son had be detained by authorities. She went to the station, where she was informed that she was not being detained, but that they were obtaining a search warrant on her home and that she would not be permitted to enter the residence until the search was executed.

Once inside the home, police did find approximately 2 ounces of marijuana and cannabis oil, which apparently was enough for a judge to order her son to be removed from her home. She has a hearing on April 20th (ironic!) about the custody of her son and and some are holding a rally at the courthouse to support her.

For what it’s worth, Garden City, Kansas is a mere 70 miles away from Colorado. It is an embarrassment for the state of Kansas to rip apart a family over a plant that has proven medical benefits, is legal just a few towns away and has nationwide majority support for legalization…

I hope her son is mature enough to understand exactly what happened here, and that he doesn’t suffer from PTSD as a result of this tragic interference by law enforcement of a woman’s medical choices.

If you live in Kansas, I sure hope you can help support Shona and her son at the courthouse. C’mon, bud lovers, get out there and support those who are in pain and choose cannabis, the healthy alternative to Big Pharma.  Don’t let law enforcement split up another family.

11 thoughts on “11-year-old removed from home for speaking the truth about bud

  1. Don’t know where I sit on the “it’s fine” argument. Not even entirely certain about the “medical should be legal” argument. I am not trying to do anything here but state something that often gets missed in these type of things. She lives in a state where it’s illegal. If you are caught doing anything illegal, then your children can be taken from you. Legal – period.
    Now, not saying I agree with it. I am simply stating that if you do this and it’s not legal in your state, then there could be repercussions if you do it anyway.
    For what it’s worth, I hope she gets to keep her child and can find a way to move to Colorado, at least, until the Kansas law changes.


    • It’s very expensive to move to another state, although many parents of epileptic children have moved to Colorado. Should we deny those who are suffering a safer alternative to prescription medications, which can kill you? Should they instead try to medicate with legal drugs like alcohol? Should cancer patients be denied the safer alternative because they live across a certain state line?

      The point is that cannabis shouldn’t be illegal, especially because it does a lot less damage than what’s legally available. In fact, cannabis has been shown to reduce tumors and may even be a preventative for Alzheimer’s.

      It’s cruel and shameful to put people in jail, to break up families, because they’ve chosen cannabis. Who are they hurting?

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