Crime & Courts

Garden City mom will face November preliminary hearing in marijuana case

Shona Banda, a Garden City mother who faces three felonies and two misdemeanors for marijuana use, will face a preliminary hearing Nov. 16.
Shona Banda, a Garden City mother who faces three felonies and two misdemeanors for marijuana use, will face a preliminary hearing Nov. 16. File photo

Editor’s note: Shona Banda hasn’t entered a plea. An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information.

Shona Banda, a Garden City mother who faces three felonies and two misdemeanors for marijuana use, will face a preliminary hearing Nov. 16.

Banda has not entered a plea. Susan Richmeier, Finney County district attorney, incorrectly said in an e-mail Monday morning that Banda had entered a plea.

Law enforcement and Kansas Department of Children and Families officials started investigating Banda after her 11-year-old son said that his mom smokes “a lot” during an anti-drug program at Bernadine Sitts school in Garden City. The 11-year-old could cite various strains of marijuana, according to Banda’s arrest affidavit.

Banda and her attorney, Sarah Swain, could not be reached for comment Monday.

In an interview last month, Banda talked about how cannabis oil has helped her cope with her Crohn’s disease when she said other medical remedies did not.

Banda wrote a book about her marijuana use to treat her disease called “Live Free or Die: Reclaim Your Life … Reclaim Your Country.”

“When I’m dying, I’m going to do whatever it takes to save my life,” she said during the July interview. “It’s instinct – it’s human instinct at its very core. You should not have to choose your life over a law.”

Reach Gabriella Dunn at 316-268-6400 or gdunn@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @gabriella_dunn.

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