Charges filed against medical marijuana “mom”

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a medical marijuana advocate who lost custody of her 11-year-old son following comments the boy made during a drug education program at school.

The Finney County district attorney announced Friday that charges have been filed against 37-year-old Shona Banda related the March 24 incident. The divorced Garden City mother has been at the center of a social media storm after going public with her story.

She faces five criminal counts, including possession with intent to distribute and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering a child.

Her attorney did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Banda is a motivational speaker and author of a book that recounts her use of concentrated cannabis oil to treat Crohn’s Disease.

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