A female cannabis advocate from western Kansas has filed suit against the state and an unspecified number of agencies associated with the removal and cross-examination of her 11-year-old son. Which took place after he spoke of his mother’s cannabis use during a drug awareness program at his school on March 13, 2015.
The boy’s mom, Shona Banda, filed said lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week. Banda is claiming that employees at her son’s school and the Garden City Police Department defied her constitutional rights when they interrogated her son without her consent and raided her residence without necessary warrants in hand.
The 20-page lawsuit names a laundry list of defendants, including the school district, the police department, and its chief just to list a few. Banda is calling for a payment of an undisclosed amount of money for allegedly being injured and for what she’s referring to as progressing pain and suffering.
The publication The Wichita Eagle reached out to Banda for a comment regarding her freshly-filed suit but she was unavailable. However, when asked for their thoughts about the lawsuit in question, the state’s Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) spokesperson Theresa Freed was quick to make note of the agency’s aim, which is to “protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility.”
Freed told the aforementioned publication via email that the DCF advocates children to be removed from their homes when grave issues regarding safety are at hand but not for the sole purpose of someone in the family unit using cannabis. She goes on to communicate that the “court has final say regarding placement of children.”
Banda, who according to court records, will be acting as her own attorney in the suit, is an active, advocate for the legalization of cannabis and author of “Live Free or Die: Reclaim Your Life … Reclaim Your Country.” Said book recounts her use of cannabis oil as treatment for Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease which can cause life-threatening difficulties. Hopefully justice will be served here, but it just goes to show the current antiquated mindset of some parts of our country.