April 21, 2015 5:18 pm -


The boy was taken from his home and the mother arrested because the young man defended the use of medical marijuana during a drug education program at his school.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Finney County. The case involves an 11-year-old boy taken into protective custody on March 24 by the Department of Children and Families and Garden City Police Department.

The Garden City Telegram reports police responded to a call concerning the welfare of the boy, the son of 37-year-old Shona Banda.

The boy said some things during a drug education program conducted by the school that concerned some of the teachers and counselor, according to the Telegram.

Officers went to Banda’s home and found marijuana in plant, oil, joint, gel and capsule form and drug paraphernalia were found, according to a search warrant. Banda was arrested, and her son was taken into protective custody.

On March 27, after an emergency custody hearing, the boy was placed into the custody of his father, who is separated from Banda. The boy was taken back into police protective custody Thursday until the hearing. No criminal charges have been filed.

h/t to my reader Cindy on Facebook.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Kansas Seized Boy, Arrested Mother For Defense Of Medical Marijauna

  1. Elvin B. Ross April 21st, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Police state. How many mothers are at-home drinkers?

  2. whatthe46 April 21st, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    that’s a damn shame.

  3. CHOCOL8MILK April 21st, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    As opposed to houses with alcohol and prescription opiates out and about? Hope she gets her kid back only if she didn’t drug up her child.

  4. Hirightnow April 21st, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    But THIS isn’t seen as “government over-reach” by baggers…

  5. Budda April 21st, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    But alcohol in the home is okay, even if it is abused?

    • AmusedAmused April 22nd, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Actually, we don’t know that. There are already bills in the works in several flyover states that would deny foster parent status to anyone who does not completely abstain from alcohol. Smoking and alcohol consumption, despite being legal, are factors in custody proceedings (especially with respect to mothers); and depending on the exact scene at home, kids COULD be removed fir alcohol-related reasons.

  6. frambley1 April 22nd, 2015 at 2:24 am

    The part I don’t understand is, if the kid was defending the use of Mari Jane for medical purposes, why would that alarm anyone at the school? And alarmed enough to be given a search warrant? But then again, it is Kansas, so…um…yeah

    • AmusedAmused April 22nd, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Actually, we don’t know what he said. It could very well have been, “well, my mom uses pot all the time, and she’s totally fine” — which would furnish probable cause for a search warrant.

      • frambley1 April 22nd, 2015 at 10:29 pm

        I disagree. Suspected marijuana use should never be the probable cause for a search warrant. In the case of a child’s welfare only dangerous practices should.

  7. AmusedAmused April 22nd, 2015 at 10:18 am

    *Sigh* There are enough things in this world to get outraged about without getting dIshonest. It’s not true that the boy was seized and the mother arrested because of something that they said. It was because the cops found pot and “drug paraphernalia” in the house. “Paraphernalia” could mean anything from bongs to crack vials to heroin syringes. If the kid was removed because mom smokes a joint once in a while, that’s lamentable; but if she’s a crack addict, then the kid SHOULD be removed. The blurb allows for both of these possibilities.

    At most, the boy’s “defense” of pot led to a search warrant, which led to the arrest. I put “defense” in quotes because I don’t know what that consisted of. One way to defend the use of pot is to explain that it is no more harmful or addictive (and probably less so) than legal drugs like nicotine, alcohol and sugar. Another way is to say: “Mom and I do all kinds of drugs all the time and we love it!!” The latter would be a valid basis for a call to the cops and a search warrant. Again, the blurb leaves all kinds of possibilities open.

    In sum, there isn’t enough information here to support the conclusion expressed in the title.

    • StoneyCurtisll April 22nd, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      maybe this will help you see the over reach of the taking of this lady’s 11 year old child due to medical marijuana advocacy.
      lets not forget, this is all about, (gasp) Marijuana…

  8. Denise April 22nd, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    What did he say? He supports medical marijuana? Dorothy better stay in Oz. The Wicked Witch is more sane!

  9. StoneyCurtisll April 22nd, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    This is Kansas…
    Where the earth is only 6,000 years old..
    And creationism rules over science..
    Where tax cuts are supposed to bring riches to the state, (but bring 1/2 billion dollar deficits)
    The same Kansas that allows anyone to open carry weapons, (even in towns that dont want them)..
    70 miles away from Gardner Kansas, Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Colorado…
    Yet in Kansas her 11 year old child has been taken away, and put in foster care because his mother uses Marijuana for medicinal purposes to help her Crohn’s disease…

    Kansas has to be the most f-ed up state in the union…

    • arc99 April 22nd, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      DOROTHY: Well Toto, we’re sure not in Kansas anymore.

      TOTO: Thank God!!!!!!!

  10. Budda April 22nd, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Lordy help me, I’ll be in Kansas in June!

  11. Snick1946 April 23rd, 2015 at 10:32 am

    My God; this is the United States of America in the year 2015. The state of Kansas seems hell bent on imposing a theocracy on its citizens. Their educational system is already a joke, schools are ending early this year because their funding is exhausted. I have to wonder how far are they going to be allowed to continue using Kansans as lab rats in their Dominionist experiment? I believe eventually the Feds and the courts are going to have to become involved- it just seems insane.