Prosecutor isn't talking about why he decided to charge medical marijuana mom Angela Brown

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One person's medicine is law enforcement's drug -- at least until next year, when Minnesota's medical marijuana program is rolled out.
:::: UPDATE :::: Angela Brown, Medical Cannabis Mom, Due in Court Today; Charges Haven't Been Dropped

On Wednesday and Thursday, we called Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury.

But Stulz, unfortunately, isn't in the mood to talk about it. Our calls weren't returned, and that appears to be the case for other reporters who have reached out to him as well.

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Despite all the negative press the charges have generated for Lac Qui Parle County, there's no indication Stulz's office is reconsidering its prosecution of Brown. In fact, Brown tells us that during a hearing earlier this month, an assistant county attorney asked a judge to require both Brown and her son, Trey, to submit to weekly urine analyses as a condition for letting the teenager stay with his parents.

"I thought that was a bit harsh," Brown says, adding that a judge denied the prosecutor's request.

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Angela and Trey Brown

Brown's story and the charges she faces have inspired calls for Gov. Mark Dayton to intervene, especially in light of comments he made this spring about how if he had a child who could benefit from medical marijuana, he'd buy it off the street.

We called Attorney General Lori Swanson's office to ask if there's anything the state's top attorney can do about county-level charges like the ones Brown faces, but haven't heard back as this is published.

Meanwhile, Brown tells us that as her story blew up this week, she's now being represented by an attorney who is working pro bono because he supports medical marijuana and was appalled by the charges.

"We [had] a court-appointed lawyer, and I met with him this Monday here in Madison," Brown says. "He was pushing for me to plead guilty and take probation, and I said I'm not pleading guilty to child endangerment. I'm not endangering my child."

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.

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My father dying of cancer , had benefited from medical mari-j butter during his illness. This  natural substance helped in pain reduction and helped with increasing his appetite. I guess we are supposed to suffer for the pharmaceutical industries profits.


This guy is a prick looking for a political future ... Nothing more nothing less. Typical war on "CRIME" bullshit !!!!

k2yeb topcommenter

Prosecutors don't work for the people....oh wait. Let's be honest, its more profitable with these arrests. Why stop? its basically job security and bigger guns. 


County Attorneys simply follow CW statute.  Whatever his opinion on medical marijuana may be, he is bound by statute to pursue it.  The attorney's office may end up able to defer the case as they prepare evidenciary hearings until the law is in effect.  There are hopefully procedural means to drop this.


Here's the link to help fund her defense if anyone is interested. I found it on another site. I don't know these people, but I'm sure they won't mind if I spread the word:

Daniel Bolmgren
Daniel Bolmgren

Cops love drugs, they can make their arrests, take away someones medicine by reaching their quotas so they get their precious federal funding money. The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. The crime creates the criminal, land of the free eh?

digitalprotocol topcommenter

in WA right after the legislature passed the bill  


but these stupid hicks want jail time,, im sure

Sarah Rucinski
Sarah Rucinski

Ludicrous!!! Absolutely ridiculous, I say we set up a fund to help pay the fines she will be getting. A mother would do anything to help her child and persecuting this woman for medical marijuana oil is insane!


This clown needs to be removed from office!  He should have protesters in front of his home and office 24/7!!

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

I'd imagine he's not talking because he's a coward and should feel ashamed of himself.


That guy is a fuckin facist piece o shit!


Is it just doing his job to push for weekly urine tests from a sick kid?

Seems like he has a real zeal for this work.

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