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Activist’s Child Detained by Police During School Drug Education Program

posted Apr 24, 2015, 12:22 PM by The Editor

Garden City, KANSAS (April 10, 2015) - Tuesday, March 24th, started out just like any other day for mother of 2, Shona Banda. However, CEO of The Human Solution International (THSI), Joe Grumbine, was contacted in the late afternoon by Shona with the disturbing news that her 11-year-old child had been detained by authorities at school.  This took place during a drug education class guided by school counselors and local police. Shona is a published author, who has been a cannabis activist for many years and is a very well-known inspirational figure within the medical cannabis ‘movement’.

Activist’s Child Detained by Police During School Drug Education Program

As Shona’s son listened to the misinformation given by authorities to his class during the drug education presentation, he courageously spoke up and informed them that the information they were relating was incorrect in regards to cannabis.  He was pulled from class and sent to the office for questioning by authorities without his mother present.

When he failed to return home from school, Banda contacted the school only to be told that her son had be detained by authorities.  She went to the station, where she was informed that she was not being detained, but that they were obtaining a search warrant on her home and that she would not be permitted to enter the residence until the search was executed.

During the raid, authorities confiscated an alleged mere 2 ounces of cannabis flower and 1 ounce of cannabis oil. Banda has yet to be charged and was able to go home after the raid.  Shona had a hearing, which seemed to be going her way until the judge spoke up about how many charges she was going to be facing as a result of the raid on her home.  It was recommended that her son be placed into the custody of her ex, the boy's father.  Luckily, he lives very close-by and she has not been denied visits with her son.  Shona's next court date, is ironically schedule for 4/20.  She has no idea what will ensue next as a result of her son's courageous words, but says, "they don't have a clue that I'm walking in with [my] head held high, proud of who I am and what I do."

Visit The Human Solution International at to find information on how you can help end prohibition because, "No One Should Go To Jail For A Plant!"

About The Human Solution International: THSI is a grassroots federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that includes over 50 chapters. THSI supports members of the community through the trials they face as cannabis consumers through court support, prison outreach, and education. Members believe that standing together in solidarity against this unfair treatment of civil rights will keep people out of prison for a plant which has been proven to hold many medicinal and health benefits.

By Danielle Vitale - O’Brien

The Human Solution International
A 501(c)(3) Civil Rights Organization
Ph: (951) 934-0055
Fx: (520) 509-6845

No One Should Go To Jail For A Plant!


UPDATE 4/15/15

Shona's GoFundMe page can be found here:

Thank you in advance for your support of this courageous family!