US KS: Arrest Affidavit Offers Look at Case Against Garden
Wichita Eagle, 23 Jul 2015 - Marijuana advocates say the state unfairly targeted one Garden City mom for using weed to treat her medical condition. Her arrest affidavit paints a slightly different picture. Shona Banda, 38, faces five charges related to marijuana use and child endangerment after her 11-year-old son talked about her drug use during an anti-drug program at school.
US KS: Editorial: Pot Laws Need To Change
Wichita Eagle, 19 Jun 2015 - Though it's a long way from playing out in the courts, the criminal case against Shona Banda is helping make the wider case for change in Kansas' marijuana laws. At least as the public knows the facts so far, what's happening to the ailing Garden City mother defies reason and dramatically serves the cause of those advocating that medical use of marijuana be decriminalized and penalties for nonviolent drug offenses be relaxed.
US KS: Banda Has First Court Appearance
Garden City Telegram, 16 Jun 2015 - Shona Banda, the local medicinal marijuana advocate who faces multiple drug charge in addition to a child endangerment charge, had her first appearance in Finney County District Court Tuesday morning. In a brief appearance, District Magistrate Judge Ricklin Pierce forwarded the case against Banda, 37, to Chief Judge Wendel Wurst.
US KS: Mom Who Used Pot, Had Son Taken Away Makes First Court Appearance
Wichita Eagle, 16 Jun 2015 - 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.
US KS: Garden City Mom Turns Herself In, Faces Charges In Marijuana-Use
Wichita Eagle, 15 Jun 2015 - Shona Banda, a Kansas marijuana advocate, turned herself in to authorities Monday on an arrest warrant with five charges relating to marijuana use. Banda, 37, drew national attention when she lost custody of her son and was accused of three felony and two misdemeanor charges of using marijuana to treat her Crohn's disease. Her son made comments about his mother's marijuana use during an anti-drug program at his school in Garden City.
US KS: Banda Turns Herself in As Attorney and Supporters Speak
Garden City Telegram, 15 Jun 2015 - 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.
US KS: Banda To Turn Herself In
Garden City Telegram, 13 Jun 2015 - The attorney for Shona Banda, the local medicinal marijuana advocate who made national news earlier this year after her son was taken into protective custody, said Banda plans to surrender herself for arrest Monday afternoon. Banda, 37, Garden City, was charged on June 5 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, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
US KS: Local Medicinal Marijuana Advocate Charged On Multiple Counts
Garden City Telegram, 05 Jun 2015 - 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.
US KS: PUB LTE: Marijuana Penalties
Lawrence Journal-World, 06 Mar 2015 - To the editor: The Lawrence Police Department has received approval to set up a K-9 unit. The chief of police said the dogs will be used to, among other things, find large quantities of marijuana. This means that the dogs will ratchet up the war on drugs.