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Mother facing drug charges waives hearing

A mother who is facing five marijuana-related charges has waived her preliminary hearing upon learning that the state would ask for her 11-year-old son to testify.

The charges stem from comments the son made, regarding his mother's drug use, during a school anti-drug program.

The 38-year-old woman faces two misdemeanor and three felony charges. She has regularly stated that she manufactures cannabis oil as a treatment for Chrohn's disease. In fact, she went as far as to write a book about this, entitled "Live Free or Die: Reclaim Your Life … Reclaim Your Country!"

The woman's attorney made the following statement:

"However, everything came to a screeching halt when we were informed that the state intended to put Shona's 11-year-old son on the stand to testify against at his mother. After a long discussion, we made the decision to waive the remainder of this hearing to limit any further trauma to the boy."

Waiving a preliminary hearing eliminates the possibility that the state could call the son to testify against his mother at a trial.

While the case will die down for the time being, it is set to pick back up on Jan. 11 when the woman will be arraigned and enter a plea. Earlier this year, the woman made it clear that she plans to plead not guilty, saying:

"When I'm dying, I'm going to do whatever it takes to save my life."

This story shows that drug charges can impact a person's life in many ways. Not only can it lead them to trouble with the law, but it can cause personal issues as well.

Source: The Wichita Eagle, "Mom facing pot charges waives preliminary hearing," Gabriella Dunn, Nov. 16, 2015

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