Donations pour in for cannabis-using mom whose son was seized by CPS
By Oscar Pascual |
Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son stood up for his mother’s right to use medical marijuana during a classroom discussion.
Now she’s fighting to get him back from protective services.
Banda, a 37-year old Kansas resident who uses cannabis oil for her Crohn’s disease, recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a legal defense to regain custody of her son, whose only crime was supporting his mother — and calling B.S. on a school presentation full of misinformation.
Banda’s son was placed into state custody on March 24 after he voiced support for medical marijuana during a drug education class. He disputed the school’s outdated, Reefer Madness-worthy propaganda, and told school officials that his parents were regular cannabis users, the Kansas City Star reports.
School officials went nuclear immediately: They called police, who performed a “welfare check” on the Banda home that turned up cannabis and cannabis oil. After the discovery of the stash, Banda’s son was hauled away — for his own “protection,” of course.
Had the Banda home been an hour to the west, in Colorado, all would be well. But because they’re in Kansas, the Bandas are paying a stiff price.
“For him to have spoken up in class I can’t be upset about because he hears me daily on the phone talking with people, encouraging people to speak up and speak out,” says Banda in her GoFundMe campaign. “We did have the talk about how it’s not OK to bring this up in Kansas, because it’s a different state [than Colorado]. It’s very confusing for a child.”
Banda has used cannabis and cannabis oil to treat her Crohn’s Disease for about five years now. Medical marijuana relieves her from the inflammatory bowel disease enough to live a normal life.
“The question to Kansans is, ‘Are you OK with your tax dollars being spent on this?’” said Lisa Sublett, head of the patient advocacy group Bleeding Kansas, 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 — are you OK with that?”
Banda has not been formally charged with a crime as of yet. Her son is still in state protective custody. Legal experts suggested that her case could go as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, and has the potential to change Kansas law.
But that kind of legal fight won’t come cheap.
Help aid Banda by donating to her legal defense fund, which is currently on GoFundMe.com.
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