Shona Banda, 37, a Kansas medical marijuana activist has temporarily lost custody of her 11-year-old son because of investigation sparked by a comment the child made in a drug prevention class.
Banda treated her Crohn’s Disease with cannabis oil and wrote the book “Live Free or Die: Reclaim your Life . . . Reclaim your Country!” about her experience and the necessity for medical marijuana reform.
Banda is the author of a book “Live Free or Die: Reclaim your Life . . . Reclaim your Country!” that recounts her use of a concentrated cannabis oil to treat Crohn’s Disease.
Her son allegedly told a school officials during a presentation on drugs and alcohol that his mother and others used drugs in his home. The comment sparked an investigation that lead police to do a child welfare check on Banda’s residence.
Banda has not been arrested or charged with anything, but her son was removed from her custody by the Finney County District Court. According to a statement by the local authorities, Bandas faces possible charges of child endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Banda sought to regain custody in court earlier this week, but was denied. “That’s OK — I am not giving up,” Banda told the Associated Press. “I will, I will get him and I am not going to stop until I do.”
Other than marijuana, no drugs were mentioned in the Associated Press article, so it’s not known if the presence of cannabis in the home of a known medical marijuana patient was enough cause to withdraw custody of her child. The activist had several supporters turn up for her court appearance earlier this week.