Angela Brown charged for giving medical marijuana to her ailing son

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Courtesy of Angela Brown
Angela Brown and her son, Trey.
UPDATE: After this story broke, Lac Qui Parle county attorney Richard Stulz refused to disclose his reasons for charging Angela Brown. Despite public outcry against the case, Brown was due in court for a hearing on the charges in late September 2014. Stulz is currently running unopposed in Lac Qui Parle County.

In a year, she'd be applauded as nothing more and nothing less than a law-abiding, caring mom. But fact is, Minnesota's medical marijuana law hasn't gone into effect and won't until next summer, so instead, Angela Brown faces criminal charges.

The Madison, Minnesota resident has been hit with two gross misdemeanor charges for giving medical marijuana to her son, Trey, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was struck in the head by a baseball in the spring of 2011.

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Trey, now 15, nearly died from his injuries. Lingering symptoms include daily migraines and "extreme body pain," as his mom puts it. On a number of occasions he's harmed himself.

"All we knew was that his headaches were so bad he couldn't function," Angela tells us. "It was horrific to watch. I can't imagine the pain he was in. There were days where I had to hold him down so he wouldn't self-harm. He was extremely suicidal."

Desperate, the Brown family traveled to Colorado early this year to see if medical marijuana could make any difference. A medical dispensary there told the family they'd need a medical card to obtain marijuana, but referred them to a recreational dispensary where no card is required.

The store didn't have the tinctures the Brown family sought, but a worker there gave them the number of a producer who supplies marijuana oils to a number of Colorado medical dispensaries.

"Oh my God -- what a difference. Oh my God," Angela says when asked about the impact medical marijuana had for her son. "He told me that once it kicks in, his muscle spasms would calm. He feels the pressure in his brain releasing."

Trey's teachers took notice and asked Angela why her son seemed to be feeling so much better of late.

"I'm an open book, and during a meeting in school, I said, 'He's on a oil from Colorado... derived from the marijuana plant,'" Angela says. "Just the looks on some of the teachers' faces was like I just said I was shooting up my son with heroin. A week later I had the cop knocking on my door and they wanted me to hand over the oil. They made it sound like if I didn't, I was going to get arrested."

So Angela handed it over.

"Family services went to the school and asked Trey how much I was making him smoke and how high I was making him get," she continues. "When I said it was an oil they [didn't know what to think]. I was like, I wasn't making my kid smoke some back alley shit. Then family services dropped the case."

Though family services was no longer investigating her, without the oil, Trey's symptoms began to worsen. To compound matters, shortly thereafter, Angela received documents in the mail informing her she was being charged with the gross misdemeanors.

(For more, click to page two.)



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sethcaldwell
sethcaldwell

RSO + ingestion = LIFE.  Cancer can be CURED!!  Rick Simpson Oil, I hear no one talking about how many children and adults have regained their lives through eating the oil.  Seizures and strokes can be averted/calmed by the GREEN PANACEA!!  FREE THE WEED!!!  FREE ANGELA!!  Tear down the walls of ignorance!!  HEMP HEMP HEMP!!!  RSO RSO RSO!!!

Mike Wagers
Mike Wagers

What this show is the love of a mother. It also shows how judicial system is flawed. America only number 1 at throwing people in jail for a war on it own people. War on drugs mean war on 70% of it people. 70% of people have addiction problems.

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

But giving kids hardcore pain meds that can kill them or get them addicted is fine? logic

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

She did it because she obviously loves her child

Jan Silloway
Jan Silloway

Let's just say it's the placebo effect. I'd give it to my child to help ease his pain. I'm with this family all the way.

Cindy Petree
Cindy Petree

ridiculous,Id do the same thing for my child

Justin Tha Realist
Justin Tha Realist

This is stupid. Esp since it was legalized y they gotta wait till next year?

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

I'm not a liberal so while you're playing the victim AND simultaneously being a hypocrite calling out people for!doing what you're doing, maybe go spend some time with nature and evolve. I vote victory in your eventual epiphany and consequential awareness and evolution. And yes, you are the definition of a troll right now. Stop being one.

Hanni Kenny
Hanni Kenny

FOR FUCK'S SAKE. Did Aaron Rupar ever take a motherfucking English class?

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

So, because I disgree I'm a troll? I thought this was where we discussed things. Not where a bunch of people piled on one with insults. Funniest thing about this all, is that you guys have NO idea where I stand and what I believe. But you did show me just how hateful liberals can be.

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

Blog. Blog. Blog. Has the "scientific study" that I cited been "proven" wrong? Then cite the study that has done so. I have no interest in your rhetoric.

Doogie Houge
Doogie Houge

Cannabis is safer than aspirin, dumbass.

Doogie Houge
Doogie Houge

All of your studies have been proven flawed.

orangevening11
orangevening11

Doug - really? People have died from alcohol, nicotine, aspirin AND OTC drugs but they are safer than MJ? Wow...you just any credibility with me.

The reason people are not citing studies because the government doesn't allow it

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

The scientists focus on marijuana’s harmful effects on teens, an age group in which the brain rapidly develops, which is one factor that could help explain increased risks from marijuana use in this population. Research suggests that marijuana impairs critical thinking and memory functions during use and that these deficits persist for days after using. In addition, a long-term study showed that regular marijuana use in the early teen years lowers IQ into adulthood, even if users stopped smoking marijuana as adults.http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/06/nida-review-summarizes-research-marijuanas-negative-health-effects

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

I'm not trying to say anything other than that it is illegal. And that there is scant information to back up the medical marijuana soothsayers. It is however, probably safer than either alcohol or tobacco, so my push is recreational usage. Then people can self-medicate all they want.

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

Yes, i know all about the conspiracies to keep it illegal as well. So lets drop the charade and push for recreational legalization? Yay, teamwork!

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

You haven't shared any "credible" info yet. That's your problem, just the same old bs.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

There is a thing called google, try it, not doing your homework for you. I know the truth about cannabis and the history to keep it illegal.

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

I actually am educated. I'm also quite interested in this subject, and relatively well versed. You? Apparently quite hateful, and cognitively dissonant as well. Care to share anything enlightening? Or are you just here for the ad hominems?

Doogie Houge
Doogie Houge

Just another idiot who has bought into all of the propaganda of the drug war. Another wasted human being.

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

I'm spouting? Disinformation? I haven't share any information, let alone spouted. Maybe it's another ad hominem that you seek?

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

No Doug, you spouting off gov disinformation is the problem and people are sick of it.

Doogie Houge
Doogie Houge

Yes Doug Ludemann, there is tons of evidence on the ability of cannabis to help repair brain injury. Research before you make ignorant comments. These are the lengths law enforcement will try to take to keep the federal funds coming in and block access to a natural remedy that should never have been illegal in the first place. Prosecuting this woman is just a feeble attempt to place her on the same level as all the "spics" and "niggers" these laws were made to discriminate against. #LegalizeCannabis #StopTheDrugWar #AbolishTheDEA

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

As far as you "know"?!? Well Doug, you don't "know" nearly as much as you think you do. Educate yourself, buddy.....

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Liberals are the hateful ones huh?   You are the doofus trying to keep a sick kid from getting the medicine he needs.

Caped
Caped

Doug - using ad hominem attacks against others while accusing others of doing the same?

You fail at logic, research and knowledge. Not to mention being a hypocrite.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@digitalprotocol DIGITALPROTOCOL IS KING USEFUL IDIOT. Read what the man says instead of projecting.

Caped
Caped

(I was referring to Doug's lack of intelligence, btw.)

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