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Kansas Mom Faces Life In Prison For Medical Marijuana (Video)

Shona Banda turned herself into police on Monday at the Finney County Law Enforcement Center in Kansas. She subsequently posted a $50,000 bond and was released.

Banda's home was raided by authorities back in March after her son, 11, reportedly objected to an anti-marijuana message at school and mentioned that his mom used marijuana.

CBS News reported in April that Banda lost temporary custody of her son.

Banda appeared in a 2011 YouTube video (below) and spoke about how cannabis oil (medical marijuana) successfully treated her Crohn’s Disease.

Banda was charged with three felonies including "possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia to cultivate less than five plants. The other two charges are misdemeanors: endangering a child and possession of drug paraphernalia," noted The Wichita Eagle.

Banda's defense lawyer Sarah Swain claims the 38-year-old mom could spend 30 years in prison, if she is convicted on all the charges, noted KMUW.

“This is a woman who was using cannabis to treat a disease, Crohn’s Disease, that was absolutely debilitating. So, not only is it that she’s facing life imprisonment just due to the years, but essentially it’s a death sentence,” Swain stated.

Swain added that Banda has not used cannabis oil since the March raid and has subsequently dropped a significant amount of weight and had to have oral surgery.

A Go Fund Me campaign set up to raise money for Banda's legal costs has already raised over $40,000.

According to the Mayo Clinic website: "Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn's disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people."

"The inflammation caused by Crohn's disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications."

Sources: KMUW, Go Fund Me, CBS News, The Wichita Eagle, Mayo Clinic
Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot


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