Kansas Embarrasses Itself Again, This Time Over Marijuana

Apparently not tired of being the laughingstock of America and the world, Kansas seems determined to continue topping itself:

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.

After her son spoke out about medical marijuana, he was detained, and police launched a raid on Shona Banda’s home. “Well, they had that drug education class at school that was just conducted by the counselors… They pulled my son out of school at about 1:40 in the afternoon and interrogated him. Police showed up at my house at 3… I let them know that they weren’t allowed in my home without a warrant… I didn’t believe you could get a warrant off of something a child says in school.” Banda continued, “We waited from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock. They got a warrant at 6 o’clock at night and executed a warrant into my home. My husband and I are separated, and neither parent was contacted by authorities before [our son] was taken and questioned.”

Now authorities are trying to take this poor woman’s son out of her custody.

It’s the sort of story that will show up in our children’s history books as an example of preposterous old-timey prejudice, like speakeasy, sodomy and Jim Crow law arrests. There will come a day soon when marijuana is legalized nationally, first medically and then recreationally. Big corporations will take over the production and sales in an open way just as they do with the much more harmful drug called alcohol today, and poor Americans will start being arrested for selling other narcotics, instead–until the day those are decriminalized and sold for Wall Street’s benefit in turn.

This is pretty obvious in most of America. The biggest impediment at this point is reliable older voters who have bought into Reefer Madness propaganda their entire lives, and staid politicians who either also believe it themselves or are afraid of upsetting the anti-marijuana minority of the population that nevertheless constitutes a majority of the dependable vote.

But by and large, Americans are figuring out how to slowly ease into a future that accepts marijuana decriminalization as inevitable.

Except for hyper-conservative states like Kansas. They’re determined in every possible way to become the butt of derision of today’s news and tomorrow’s history books.

David Atkins

David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.