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

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’.



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

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No One Should Go To Jail For A Plant!




UPDATE 4/15/15

**We would like to add that Shona now has a page set up for donations**


Shona's GoFundMe page can be found here:


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


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  • commented 2015-04-15 02:48:09 -0700
    This nations “split” views, opinions, thoughts and feeling about cannabis is out of control! The department of Justice and the federal government need to be abolished or completely decriminalize cannabis to end prohibition. How many lives and or famines must destroyed before this nation wakes up? The war on drugs (Pot) is the most tragic war on American soil!
  • commented 2015-04-14 09:48:29 -0700
    This is one of the many reasons why we all have to make it known loud and clear in 2016 that we will not vote for anyone for any office unless they promise to put an end to the war on this plant and legalize it. I am telling all politicians I want vote at all, if you want my vote, stand up against this ignorance.
  • commented 2015-04-14 09:36:19 -0700
    Unfortunately this is Kansas, the state that is just now relaxing the prohibition laws of 70+ yrs ago. We reelected Brownback, seriously we did, and some where over the rainbow there’s a fake wizard to protect us from all the evils in the world. Like freedom of choice. I feel for you Shona, but I don’t think we’ll ever get Colorado to annex the western part of the state.
  • commented 2015-04-13 22:02:45 -0700
    Shona you are going to persevere all this B S
    It’s humoring to know your son was well educated and lies should always be confronted, yet you have a lawsuit if they detained a minor without your agreeing. Or being present look into it✊🏻🍁
  • commented 2015-04-13 13:32:55 -0700
    Fuck those stupid ignorant ass motherfucking cops over there that case will be thrown the fuck out and that lady should sue em including the school district.
  • commented 2015-04-12 07:50:30 -0700
    Shona it’s all coming down right now hard. Keep you chin up, your kids safe. Yes even L.E. is having to decide for themselves and they are. You are watching the good cops police the bad cops right now. We all know there has to be law. They are going to have to sort their apples and it’s happening. Yes Big Pharma is very concerned. Pushing legislature to protect their interest everywhere. Shona our hearts and prayers are with you it is happening in many places.
  • commented 2015-04-11 15:57:28 -0700
    This is how the Zionist Lobby groups work in America. They have a lot invested in keeping people sick with BIG FOOD. They want to keep you sick with BIG PHARMA, another investment. And THEY LOBBY ! AIPAC LOBBIES ! ADL LOBBIES ! They care not for Americans, but for War, Profits, Crime, and a Fascist Government of Two Fascist Parties. The United States, Canada and the Ukraine voted for the Glorification of Nazism thinking that they can control the world through the extremism of State Sponsored Terrorism, Banking and Corporations. They care not if marijuana cures, but only that they can profit through laundering illegal drugs into the country. And then they put up this façade that the law is against marijuana, an evil drug. Yet they allow chemical companies to provide chemicals for crystal meth, importation of Cocaine through the Mexican cartels and CIA, Heroin imports from Mexico, Africa and Afghanistan. Do not be fooled, Marijuana has been found to cure many ailments. Satan and the wolves are alive and well in the world, but God will prevail. Each human must ask where they stand on the side of good or evil INCLUDING JUDGES and LAW ENFORCEMENT !
  • commented 2015-04-11 14:02:47 -0700
    This is so sick, our govt is sick.While many states are slowly legalizing cannibis so less people will be unjustly and unnesecesarily incarcerated, this state locks up a little boy and uses his knowledge of canmibis as some illegal excuse for probable cause. Then they take the child away, for what. This is supposed to be one USA, then why are there different laws in different states. This kind of action is exactly what our government does when they don’t like someone. Are the people doing this educated. Are they so sadistic they continue to pretend Marijuana is not a scientifically proven benefit to millions. What in God’s name is wrong with our backwards ass laws and judicial employees.This young lady needs to sue the local police department for detaining her son and harassing him, questioning him without a lawyer, for libel against his and her character, for emotional damage, for entrapment, for violating the boys right to free speech.
  • commented 2015-04-11 10:03:54 -0700
    Shana welcomes anyone to go to the court. It’s as said 4/20 ay 8:30am
  • commented 2015-04-11 06:00:21 -0700
    This is both tragic and inspiring. Tragic that we are living the Orwellian nightmare. Inspiring in that there are people who still step out of the box and break the mold. Cheers to those who do the right thing while knowing they will suffer for their convictions. You are hero’s in this game. Just remember they dont play fair and you must stay resilient. Keep that head held high forever Shona and son!
  • commented 2015-04-11 05:06:42 -0700
    So, because a well-informed child stands up against spreading misinformation and propaganda, that’s cause for a search warrant? Bye bye, Probable Cause; Hello, Fascism.

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