Shona Banda, a Garden City mom who faces three felonies and two misdemeanors for pot use, pleaded not guilty Monday.
Susan Richmeier, Finney County district attorney, said in an email that a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 16.
Law enforcement and Kansas Department of Children and Families officials started investigating Banda after her 11-year old son said “my mom smokes ... a lot!” during an anti-drug program at Bernadine Sitts school in Garden City. The 11-year old could even cite various strains of marijuana, according to Banda’s arrest affidavit.
Banda and her attorney, Sarah Swain, could not be reached for comment Monday.
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In an interview with Banda last month, Banda talked about how cannabis oil has helped her cope with her Crohn’s disease when she said other medical remedies did not.
Banda wrote a book about her marijuana use to treat her disease called, “Live Free or Die: Reclaim Your Life ... Reclaim Your Country!”
“When I’m dying, I’m going to do whatever it takes to save my life,” she said during the July interview. “It’s instinct — it’s human instinct at its very core. You should not have to choose your life over a law.”