An Update On The Shona Banda Case
In Kansas, possession of marijuana even for medical purposes is illegal. Banda’s lawsuit alleged that because many states have decriminalized marijuana possession, she had a “fundamental right” to medical cannabis, which she said she used to treat her Crohn’s disease.
The criminal case against Banda is pending. Banda has been a vocal advocate of medical marijuana and self-published a book about her use of cannabis oil to treat her condition, an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause severe abdominal pain and other symptomU.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday, agreeing with the defendants’ contention that Banda had no right to use marijuana and the agencies had some immunity.
Banda says she intends to pursue the case after she recovers from a recent surgery.
Shona, at this point, is possibly more vulnerable than she has been since this battle began. Her health continues to waver under the stress and without reliable access to the medicine that has helped her heal; she recently spent nearly a month in a hospital in Boulder before undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue that was impacting her ability to breathe and she has been so I’ll that her public defender ordered an examination to see if she was fit to stand trial.
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