US KS: Editorial: LEAP Of Faith
The Hutchinson News, 23 Oct 2015 - It is time to re-examine the war on drugs because it has failed The idea of legalizing drugs as a method to combat drug abuse and drug-related crimes seems, at first blush, counterintuitive. How could legalizing something as destructive as drugs serve to improve a persistent and growing problem? After decades of instilling in children the message that drug use is dangerous, how can we now change course with legalization?
US KS: Hutchinson Drug Task Force Hears From Law Enforcement
The Hutchinson News, 16 Oct 2015 - Attorney Brian Leininger disagrees with the assessment that the war on drugs has been a failure. "Saying it's a failure probably gives it too much credit," he told the Hutchinson Drug Impact Task Force on Thursday.
US KS: Banda Lawsuit Claims Right To Use Medical Marijuana
Garden City Telegram, 16 Sep 2015 - Lawyers for Garden City resident Shona Banda have prepared a lawsuit against Gov. Sam Brownback and the state agency that has custody of her child, claiming she has a constitutional right to use cannabis to treat her Crohn's disease. Banda self-published a book and posted videos online in which she says cannabis is the only treatment able to calm her condition. The national medical marijuana movement has rallied around her since March, when Garden City police came to her home and confiscated her cannabis after her 11-year-old son spoke up about her use of it at a school anti-drug presentation.
US KS: GCPD, USD 457, State Among Those Named in Banda Lawsuit
Garden City Telegram, 16 Sep 2015 - The Garden City Police Department, Garden City USD 457, the State of Kansas, the governor and the Kansas Department of Children and Families are among the defendants in a lawsuit being prepared by attorneys for Shona Banda that alleges her rights to use cannabis for medicinal purposes and maintain custody of her son have been violated. Banda's civil rights attorney, Matthew Pappas, worked with Sarah Swain, her criminal defense attorney, in preparing the lawsuit. They intend to file it in federal court in Wichita.
US KS: Kansas Marijuana Advocate Shona Banda Pleads Not Guilty
Kansas City Star, 25 Aug 2015 - Shona Banda, a Garden City mom who faces three felonies and two misdemeanors for pot use, pleaded not guilty Monday. Susan Richmeier, Finney County district attorney, said in an email that a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 16.
US KS: Preliminary Hearing Set In Banda Case
Garden City Telegram, 25 Aug 2015 - A preliminary hearing has been set in the case of Shona Banda, the local medicinal marijuana advocate who faces multiple drug charges, in addition to a child endangerment charge. Chief Judge Wendel Wurst on Monday set the preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16. in Finney County District Court.
US KS: OPED: Pot Trap: Time To Downplay War On Marijuana
Garden City Telegram, 16 Aug 2015 - Kansas is not going to give up and make marijuana legal any time soon, we know that. A state that did not end Prohibition until 1984 isn't going to move quickly on this issue. ... But isn't it time to stop loading down every pothead who stumbles into police custody with a bunch of charges that won't do him or the state any good?
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: Banda's Attorneys to File Federal Lawsuit Against Kansas
Garden City Telegram, 17 Jul 2015 - Attorneys for Shona Banda, the Garden City woman who made national news after her arrest on drug allegations, plan to file a lawsuit against the state of Kansas in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas alleging Banda's civil rights were violated. Banda's attorney, Sarah Swain, and another attorney, Matthew Pappas, announced plans to file the suit at a July 3 press conference in Los Angeles.