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Prosecutors Seek More Info In Marijuana Advocate's Case

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Prosecutors are seeking more information before deciding whether to charge a medical marijuana advocate who lost custody of her 11-year-old son following his comments during a drug education program at school.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said yesterday she has asked Garden City police for follow-up reports in the case of 37-year-old Shona Banda. Those are expected to be completed within 10 days.

The Garden City Telegraph reports that police went to Banda's home Monday and seized suspected marijuana that she said she used to treat her Crohn's disease. Banda was stripped of custody, at least temporarily, and may yet face charges.

The Telegraph reports that Banda previously lived in Colorado, where marijuana is legal not only for medical use but for recreational use, as well.

Police referred the case on Monday to the county attorney, saying possible charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Banda referred any comment to her attorney, who did not immediately return a message.