Kansas Police shutdown cannabis oil activist’s Facebook to prevent her from raising money for her legal defense

The Garden City Police Department had cannabis oil activist Shona Banda’s Facebook account shutdown because she was using her social media network to raise money for her legal defense after the police raided her home and took her 11 year-old son into custody, all because he vocally disagreed with anti-cannabis propaganda that his school counselors were teaching in his classroom.

The GoFundMe account Shona is using to raise money was actually set up at her request, by Wichita activist Jennifer Winn and Kansas Exposed editor Mike Shatz.

Click the photo to donate to Shona’s legal defense:

Ben Swann has the original story:

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.

 After her son spoke out about medical marijuana, he was detained, and police launched a raid on Shona Banda’s home. “Well, they had that drug education class at school that was just conducted by the counselors… They pulled my son out of school at about 1:40 in the afternoon and interrogated him. Police showed up at my house at 3… I let them know that they weren’t allowed in my home without a warrant… I didn’t believe you could get a warrant off of something a child says in school.” Banda continued, “We waited from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock. They got a warrant at 6 o’clock at night and executed a warrant into my home. My husband and I are separated, and neither parent was contacted by authorities before [our son] was taken and questioned.”

“They subsequently conducted a raid and then called me when the raid was over letting me know that there was a list of items they took on my kitchen table, I was allowed to go home, and [an officer] gave me his word I would not be arrested in person or at work and that charges would be given to me in a postcard in the mail. I have not been charged with anything at this point, but I have a hard time believing that it’s OK for them to interrogate my child without parental consent for hours,” said Banda. A report by The Human Solution International notes that officers found 2 ounces of cannabis and an ounce of cannabis oil during the raid.

Banda then described the actions that the State of Kansas began to take in an effort to take her son from her, “On the 24th, he was taken into custody. That was on a Tuesday. He was taken out of town Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday we had a temporary hearing… and temporary custody was granted to my ex. Now the only reason why temporary custody was granted to my ex is because the judge said something to the effect that the amount of cannabis found in my home was going to possibly be felony charges and it was pointless letting the child return home to his mother.” She believes that the state is trying to take her son away and said, “The state is trying to deem it to where [Shona’s ex-husband] is not fit and I’m not fit and they’re trying to take custody of our child.”

“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. 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,” said Banda, noting how difficult it can be for children to understand how something could be considered legal medicine in one state and contraband in another.

Authorities have yet to charge Banda with a crime, and her next custody hearing is set to take place on April 20.


59 thoughts on “Kansas Police shutdown cannabis oil activist’s Facebook to prevent her from raising money for her legal defense

  1. The police have no idea what they have just done.
    This will inflame the marijuana movement.
    The people will rally against these injustices.
    The police can only help bring an end to the drug war with unjust behaviour like this.

  2. it is all bullshit the government has to much control over the people in America …It should be the other way the people over the government !!! that is the way it was set up be….

  3. What the “state” (a non-living created entity called a “legal fiction?) is doing is called kidnapping, & they are in violation of FEDERAL LAW: TITLE 18 U.S.C.§241 DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS, TITLE 18 U.S.C§ 242 DEPRIVATION OF RIGHT UNDER “COLOR” OF LAW!, (color of law “looks” legal, but it a CORPORATE FRAUD!!!)

  4. If what she’s saying is true, that the only thing her 11 year old son didn’t vocally disagree with what the school said she shouldn’t be just asking for money for a legal defence. She should be asking for money to sue their fucking balls off

  5. Kansas, we ask our youth to think outside the box and not believe everything that an older person says just because they are older. He did that. He voiced his opinion and now he may be taken from his parents because of it. The police illegally interrogated this young man. A warrant was issued illegally also because of what the young man said. Even an 11 year old has the right to freedom of speech. What good will Kansas serve to take this young man from his family and incarcerate the mother?? I can tell you none! You will create another person that hates police and government if this mother is sent to jail and worse yet if she dies on your watch. Can’t you see that this is a no win situation.

  6. i am sorry to here this but they will take your kid they will brain wash him my kid were taken from me on hear say no evidence i have proven all of it was hear say and i was innocent have done every thing the court has ordered for me the foster parents have dis obeyed all court orders for visits and contact and have gotten away with it there is nothing i can do i have tried everything but they have kid napped my kid and has kept him from me now they have him convenient to be adopted and there is nothing i can do i have fault for 3 years all because the family members that abused me as a child in every way possible were jealous and made up a bunch of false info and there grandfather that had custody of them threw them out on the street at 11 and 12 years old and i made the mis take and toke them to school the next day and that is were they were taken from now i do not want my so called son back they can keep him he will never be able to come to me at all they have fucked his life up and mine so it would not be good to get him back now he is on his own for good he is no longer my son fuck the system it is all about them being paid so good luck hope you get him back before they change his mind in a bad way i have given up on even trying to get him back he is not mine anymore another one in the system for life thanks to his so called grandfather a major drunk drug addict uncle and drug addict aunts that all do what they accused me of doing but my hair drug tests say that is false but the courts wont even look at them even thoe it was ordered by the court and nothing but very very small amount of thc was found in hair no usable amounts were ever found and they still kept my kids so just be prepared to not get him back intell he is 18 that is when my daughter will be home we are still in a tight and great relation ship she is daddys little girl and her foster parents are great people and has done everything for her to stay in contact and visit me everytime we can so this is going to be a very fucked up thing to go threw good luck stay positive

  7. Seems like Facebook is complicit in assisting the Kansas police. Don’t let that little fact slip by unnoticed. The drug awareness classes are apparently being used as a method of trolling for this type of thing.

  8. Can you elaborate on the shutting down of her Facebook account? I can’t find anything to corroborate the story and have never heard of police doing such a thing. Thanks

  9. It is worth noting that (colorado) is only one of the four states that has passed recreation marijuana laws and one of 26 states that have medical laws in place.

  10. Where is the part of the article that supports this lady’s Facebook being taken down by police, seems improbable

  11. I moved to Kansas 7yrs ago and It is the worst state in the union. you cant get high but you can carry a gun with no permit or training, BUT dont talk about evolution or you’ll be shot with said gun.

  12. They are taking her son away from an obviously caring, intelligent, progressive mother- who has not been charged with anything? Kansas is a state legislated by bullies. That boy is far better off with his mother than with whatever backwards hillbilly they’re offering as a substitute. I send out all love and encouragement to this woman, this battle was given to her for a reason: she will set the bar for further police authority abuse against cannabis activist parents. I wish her the best, and hope she gets the best attorney possible. God bless.

  13. This woman is a terrible mother. Is nobody going to address the fact that she didn’t care that it is illegal to process marijuana and she knew her child could be taken away yet she did it anyway. If she needed weed so badly and she was that sick, she should have gotten a prescription or moved to a state where it is legal. The simple fact is she broke the law. You cannot pick and chose what laws to follow. The police followed the law so get over it. Instead of complaining about something you know little about, change he laws. Get involved and get educated. You all sound ignorant.

    1. Yes, what a terrible mother for choosing to treat herself with a harmless plant, so that she could actually stay alive to be a mother to her son…

      And Thomas Jefferson would disagree with your characterization… “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

      YOU also can, and have the constitutional responsibility to choose, as a juror, to refuse to convict on an unjust law… No matter what the judge and prosecutor may say to try to convince you otherwise.


    2. Ignorant huh? Do some research on cannabis and see how it has saved thousands if not millions of lives! Also, since you are so smart; I guess you know that our own government is the one who holds the patent on cannabis as medicine to cure cancer and seizures from the 70’s right? Patent #6630507. I’m sure you also know that the reason prohibition was done in the first place was because of racism and greed from big pharma and our government. They both need you to live with their drugs which make you sick, but still alive, so you can give them the billions of dollars they make each year on end of life care! If you are too ignorant to actually do the research and know the truth, you are not worth the time it took to write this. BUT, because I am a good person who does care about people’s lives, I felt the need to enlighten you. Seriously, don’t take my word or anyone else’s for that matter, but please do the research and stop allowing this government corruption! #PatientsArentCriminals

    3. since you are hiding behind an Anonymous posting trolling on this serious social justice issue I will address your trite comment as follows…
      Such anger within your post over a mother treating herself privately without any negative conduct within her community while educating her son about the heal qualities of cannabis therapy. Your lack of historical understanding about the racist laws on the books surround cannabis prohibition is truly astounding in today’s world of technology and science… and it bespeaks of an angry personalty disorder who focus is upon a ” righteous piousness that seeks approval from authority” while dis-regarding the morality of the law or situation.. kind of like the good people in WWII who approved the laws on the Final Solution and executed the paperwork, and ran the trains, and published the papers and shouted their support of the ” legal system of oppression” because it was the law…
      I hope you find compassion in your life… and maybe you will understand how vile your post appears to anyone who understands suffering


    1. They have charges against her now and she had just been bailed out of jail. Go do further research. Thanks and her hearing or court trial is in August

  15. The bully cowards they call cops do not like it when you can defend yourself! Kansas is a nazi state and they wonder why they are losing population!

  16. I am beyond disgusted w/ this craziness , I have cancer and was arrest at 55 for less than a .25 oz that wasn’t in my possession. I had to drag up $500 to retain an attorney to defend me tomorrow I’m pleading not guilty and being on disability w/ $754 mo this should be interesting to say the least

  17. Hi – I work for Facebook. I’d like to note that the account you mention in the post was not shut down and is available on Facebook. Thank you, Jonny

  18. Guys, breaking any law is wrong, but we’re also starting to see that the law is also “wrong”. This mother will be represented and it hopefully leads to change in the upper courts because that means major shifts in policy.
    My stance is that weed is natural and therefore anyones “God” can be said to have created it. That natural law super cedes the legislative and judicial control of our government. We have cannabinoid systems in our body and have been using it for thousands of years.
    Her’s is a unique case in that they came and searched her home because her son disagreed and was from Colorado where it was legal. It’s just as much about how corrupted the system is, as it is about THC. It should be a win for both. I’ll personally be screaming foul from the rooftop and picket against the injustice if they prosecute this woman. I’m not paying taxes for them to raid Colorado mothers in Kansas who teach their children Marijuana is actually called cannabis.
    If this plant has ANY healing ability then this is flat out criminal of them.
    As a people we formed social contracts after 9-11 to look the other way, but deep down we’re not much different than our forefathers in that we too want to fight for freedom and justice.
    > “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin

  19. She has no case. Read up on the legality of all of the decisions and you will find that no one did anything wrong except Shona herself.

    1. And that’s just the way big pharma would have it. If she was loaded up scripts rendering her drooling and dependanton more script to handle the side effects of the one before it…..perfectlyfriggen legal. Legal or not Shona was in no way wrong. It was illegal but not wrong! FYVM.

  20. There has got to be more to this story. Kansas law:

    “Child in need of care” means a person less than 18 years of age at the time of filing of the petition or issuance of an ex parte protective custody order pursuant to K.S.A. 2014 Supp. 38-2242, and amendments thereto, who:
    (1) Is without adequate parental care, control or subsistence and the condition is not due solely to the lack of financial means of the child’s parents or other custodian;
    (2) is without the care or control necessary for the child’s physical, mental or emotional health;
    (3) has been physically, mentally or emotionally abused or neglected or sexually abused;
    (4) has been placed for care or adoption in violation of law;
    (5) has been abandoned or does not have a known living parent;
    (6) is not attending school as required by K.S.A. 72-977 or 72-1111, and amendments thereto;

    1. I worked there in Topeka for over four years in abuse/neglect. The judge in Shawnee county Kansas would tell all his clients who test positive, even marijuana, “In Shawnee county, you can have drugs or your kids, you can’t have both.” It didn’t matter if they used cannabis for cancer, MS, Fibro, whatever; they would take your kid. Good parenting didn’t matter!!! Truth. Do the research people, it’s out there! A CINC case in Kansas is whatever, they want it to be; don’t let KSA lie to you…

  21. Shame upon those Pious Prohibitionists who continue to cling to the old racist laws that cannabis prohibition is based upon.
    To continue to actively support the concept that ” cannabis is dangerous and without medical merit” is intellectually dishonest and borders on the criminal… for the willful ignorance in allowing needless suffering among the sick and dying over old racist politics from the days of Richard Nixon.
    Today states such as WA, OR,CO have fully legalized and taxed and controlled the cannabis enconmy and our taxes are pouring into the school coffers to the tune of over hundreds of millions of dollars… AND THE DRUG CARTELS IN MEXICO HAVE NO WHERE TO SELL THEIR HARD DRUGS as we are all working to support law enforcement to drive them from our communities.
    Here is a list of the states that have a compassionate law…. and THIS MOTHER had the difficulty to live in a state that still supports the Mexican Drug cartel business model so THEY CAN CONTINUE TO CONFISCATE MONEY AND PROPERTY UNDER these old racist laws from the 1930’s.
    Maybe it is time to replace those in your legislature and change the damn law and stop making good people criminals over their private medical cannabis use.
    Veterans for Compassionate Care stands with this mother and medical cannabis patient in her fight for freedom and her child

    1. Alaska
    Ballot Measure 8 (58%)
    1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
    2. Arizona
    2010 Proposition 203 (50.13%) 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants
    3. California
    Proposition 215 (56%) 8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants
    4. Colorado
    Ballot Amendment 20 (54%)
    2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
    5. Connecticut 2012 House Bill 5389 (96-51 H, 21-13 S) One-month supply (exact amount to be determined)
    6. DC 2010 Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote) 2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined
    7. Delaware 2011 Senate Bill 17 (27-14 H, 17-4 S) 6 oz usable
    8. Hawaii
    Senate Bill 862 (32-18 H; 13-12 S)
    4 oz usable; 7 plants
    9. Illinois 2013 House Bill 1 (61-57 H; 35-21 S) 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days
    10. Maine
    Ballot Question 2 (61%)
    2.5 oz usable; 6 plants
    11. Maryland 2014 House Bill 881 (125-11 H; 44-2 S) 30-day supply, amount to be determined
    12. Massachusetts 2012 Ballot Question 3 (63%) 60-day supply for personal medical use
    13. Michigan 2008 Proposal 1 (63%) 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
    14. Minnesota 2014 Senate Bill 2470 (46-16 S; 89-40 H) 30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana
    15. Montana
    Initiative 148 (62%)
    1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings
    16. Nevada
    Ballot Question 9 (65%)
    1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
    17. New Hampshire 2013 House Bill 573 (284-66 H; 18-6 S) Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period
    18. New Jersey
    Senate Bill 119 (48-14 H; 25-13 S)
    2 oz usable
    19. New Mexico 2007 Senate Bill 523 (36-31 H; 32-3 S)
    6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
    20. New York
    Assembly Bill 6357 (117-13 A; 49-10 S)
    30-day supply non-smokable marijuana
    21. Oregon
    Ballot Measure 67 (55%)
    24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
    22. Rhode Island
    Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 H; 33-1 S)
    2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
    23. Vermont
    Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59)
    2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
    24. Washington
    Initiative 692 (59%)
    24 oz usable; 15 plants

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