Jacob Sullum on the Medical Marijuana Activist Who Faces Decades in Prison Because Her Son Questioned Anti-Pot Propaganda

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In Live Free or Die, a 2010 memoir recounting how cannabis oil saved her life, Shona Banda emphasizes the importance of "self-taught knowledge," acquired by constantly asking questions and "looking at all of the angles of any information given." Her son may have learned that lesson too well. Had he been less inquisitive, less prone to question authority, Jacob Sullum says, he might still be living with his mother, and she might not be facing criminal charges that could send her to prison for decades.

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