Garden City marijuana advocate trial postponed until August

Jun 25, 2017

Credit FINNEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The trial of Shona Banda, a well-known advocate of medicinal marijuana, has been postponed.

As The Garden City Telegram reports, the trial was postponed from its original starting date of June 26 to Aug. 14 after Chief District Judge Wendel Wurst granted a request for continuance by Banda’s defense team.

Banda is charged with endangering a child, distribution or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cannabis is classified as a schedule 1 drug on the federal level and is illegal for medical and recreational use in Kansas.

The charges stem from a March 2015 investigation by the Department of Children and Families and the Garden City Police Department after Banda’s then 11-year-old son allegedly told school officials that his mother was an avid user of marijuana, which resulted in his removal from Banda’s custody at that time.

Banda pleaded not guilty to the charges in April.