A marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. (Glen Stubbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune via AP)

Kansas activist mom Shona Banda faces Nov. hearing in marijuana case

Shona Banda, who has written about using cannabis oil to treat her Crohn's disease, came under investigation after her 11-year-old son said she uses marijuana during an anti-drug program at his school

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — A western Kansas woman will have a preliminary hearing in November to face charges stemming from accusations that arose after 11-year-old son said in school that his mother smokes marijuana “a lot.”

The Wichita Eagle reports Shona Banda of Garden City has been charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors relating to marijuana use.

Banda’s preliminary hearing is Nov. 16; she has not yet entered a plea. According to The Eagle, Finney County District Attorney Susan Richmeier 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 “my mom smokes … a lot!” during an anti-drug program at a Garden City school.

Banda’s lawyer, Sarah Swain, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Banda is the author of a book recounting her use of concentrated cannabis oil to treat Crohn’s disease.
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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle