Shona Banda, the mother of an 11-year-old son, medical marijuana activist and Crohn’s disease sufferer, has lost her case against state agencies over custody of her son. She was arrested after her house was raided without a search warrant in 2015 because her son spoke out at school about her using marijuana.
Mom loses battle with the state over custody of her son because she uses cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease
Civilized has followed the case against Shona Banda, whose son was taken into state custody more than a year ago after she was arrested on drug and child endangerment charges. She faces up to 30 years imprisonment. Shona claims she was using medical marijuana for her Crohn’s disease.
A federal judge dismissed the case filed by Banda against the state and respective agencies regarding her son being taken into state custody. Shona, from Garden City, filed the lawsuit in March last year because her civil rights would be impeded if she was not allowed to use medical cannabis to treat her condition.
Banda further argued that the state obstructed her parenting by questioning her son without her consent. Furthermore, she claims her rights were violated when her home was searched without a warrant.
Case against state dismissed
District Judge J. T. Marten disregarded the case because Banda failed to address the defendants’ arguments to the satisfaction of the court. Banda was representing herself.
While in Kansas possession of marijuana is illegal, her case alleged medical marijuana was legal in many states, and therefore she had a fundamental right to it. She also asked the court to return her son to her custody and to award her unspecified damages.
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Criminal case pending
A criminal case is pending against Banda, and the judge overseeing the case granted a motion to do a mental competency assessment to see if she is fit to stand trial. We can only hope Banda gets legal representation, as she might need the best of lawyers by the look of things.
Banda is an outspoken proponent for medical marijuana, and has self-published a book on the use of cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease called “Live Free or Die”. It is an account of her journey and the torments associated with the disease; and about how standard pharmaceutical treatments have caused patients pain and ongoing surgery. She found cannabis oil for Crohn’s cured her. In her book, she claims she took it even though it was illegal, and cured herself.
The reviews of the book are all 5-star and, yes, people claim it gave them back their lives, as cannabis did for her. She said it resurrected her from her death bed and took her to full remission. She made her own oil from raw cannabis buds by collecting traces of oil from a vaporizer.
Cannabis oil for Crohn’s
As many as 700,000 people in the USA suffer from Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease caused by immune deficiency. In a study published in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal, nearly half of the 21 subjects (all suffering from severe cases of the disease) achieved complete remission when consuming medical marijuana on a regular basis. Others, while not achieving complete remission, found that the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis brought them relief from symptoms.