By Oscar Pascual |
Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son stood up for his mother’s right to use medical marijuana during a class discussion.
Now she is fighting to get him back from the protective services.
Banda, a 37-year-old Kansas resident who uses cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease, recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a legal defense to regain custody of her son, whose only crime was supporting his mother was – and called BS at a school presentation full of misinformation.
Banda’s son was taken into state custody on March 24 after expressing support for medical marijuana during a drug education class. He contested the obsolete school, Reefer Madness-worthy propaganda, telling school officials that his parents were regular cannabis users, the Kansas City Star reports.
School officials immediately went nuclear: they called the police, who conducted a “welfare check” on the Banda house that turned up cannabis and cannabis oil. After the discovery of the stock, Banda’s son was taken away – for his own ‘protection’, of course.
If the Banda house had been an hour west, in Colorado, all would be well. But being in Kansas, the Bandas pay a heavy price.
“I don’t care that he’s voiced his opinion in class because he hears me talking to people on the phone every day, encouraging people to speak up and speak out,” Banda says in her GoFundMe campaign. “We’ve talked about it’s not okay to bring this up in Kansas because it’s a different state.” [than Colorado]. It is very confusing for a child.”
Banda has been using cannabis and cannabis oil to treat her Crohn’s disease for about five years. Medical marijuana relieves her enough of the inflammatory bowel disease to lead a normal life.
“The question to Kansans is, ‘Do you mind spending your tax dollars on this?'” Lisa Sublett, head of the Bleeding Kansas patient association, said in an interview with the Star. “This woman goes to bed at night without her son because she had some marijuana in her house when it’s legal in half the country – is that okay?”
Banda has not yet been formally charged with a crime. Her son is still in state custody. Legal experts suggested her case could go as far as the US Supreme Court, and has the potential to change Kansas law.
But that kind of legal battle won’t come cheap.
Help Banda by donating to her legal defense fund, which is currently on GoFundMe.com.
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