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Angela Brown, Minnesota Mom, Faces Jail For Giving Son Medical Marijuana From Boulder

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Angela Brown in an image from WCCO-TV. More pics and a video below.
Earlier this week, our William Breathes reported that the number of children registered as medical marijuana patients in Colorado continues to grow: The digits rose from 305 to 337 in a month, with reports suggesting that many of the additions are moving here from other states.

The story of Minnesota's Angela Brown could well inspire even more people with sick kids to relocate. She's now been charged with a crime and could face jail time for providing her head-injured son with medical marijuana legally purchased during a visit to Boulder.

See also: Marijuana: High MMJ Patient Numbers Concern Lawmaker

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Trey Brown, as seen in WCCO-TV coverage.
The story comes to us from WCCO-TV in Minnesota. Angela and David Brown tell the station that their son Trey, fifteen, suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing baseball three years ago.

Afterward, Trey regularly suffered from headaches, seizures and more. His condition was severe enough, the Browns say, that he couldn't attend school and began engaging in dangerous behavior. Specifically, he began to hit and cut himself.

With traditional medical care appearing to have little effect, the family traveled to Colorado this past winter and purchased some cannabis oil -- the treatment touted in the 2013 CNN reports about seizure-stricken Charlotte Figi that fueled a rush to Colorado by parents of children afflicted with similar conditions.

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A family photo from the Colorado visit as shared on Angela Brown's Facebook page.
Within an hour after Trey took the medication, Angela says his symptoms abated. The improvement was so pronounced that the Browns brought some of the oil back home with them and continued to provide it to Trey in Minnesota.

When Trey's school inquired about what was helping him, Angela told teachers about the cannabis-oil treatments. A week later, she got a call from her mom revealing that "the cops are looking for you."

Angela has now been formally charged with child endangerment and causing a child to need protection -- offenses that appear to bring with them the possibility of jail time. The 2013 Minnesota statute for neglect or endangerment of a child reads in part: "If the endangerment results in substantial harm to the child's physical, mental, or emotional health, the person may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both."

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Another photo of Trey from his Facebook page.
At this point, representatives of the district attorney's office in Lac Qui Parle County, where the Browns live, aren't talking about the case. But Angela is speaking out, telling the station, "The prosecutor's version of this is that a good mom allows her child to be in pain, to self-harm, and attempt to take his life. I guess that's a good mom in his eyes."

Once their legal battle is over, what do the Browns plan to do next? Move to Colorado.

Here's the WCCO-TV piece.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


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38 comments
Jon Kinney
Jon Kinney

"Head-injured son" sounds awfully stupid

Tom Aigeldinger
Tom Aigeldinger

I think you've been in CO too long, Evan Parke. It's still a scary world out there.

Tegan Wolfe
Tegan Wolfe

Is this more proof the laws need to be changed in the rest of the country, too? YES.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Of course she'll be convicted, pot is legal IN Colorado, NOT Minnesota. If I get a speeding ticket in Michigan for going 85 where the limit is 70 I don't cite Texas law where their highest legal limit is 85 as a defense. Stop being so fucking sanctimonious with your pot laws already (which are still overruled by federal laws by the way.) ;)

Evan Parke
Evan Parke

No one jury is going to convict her...

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

DANGER!  DANGER!  DANGER!


The donkey boy is head injured and he smokes pot and look at the result. 


The donkey boy is your brain on drugs.  Be very afraid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So first she endangers her kid by forcing him to play violent contact "sports", resulting in permanent brain injury, then she attempts to treat her kid with illegal unapproved drugs ??


BAD MOTHER!

Steve Campbell
Steve Campbell

The school shouldn't have even been allowed to ask isn't that a HIPA violation

David Perez
David Perez

Gotta love the Public School System. Oh, what are you using to help you child. Marijuana.... I am going to call the cops. The mother should not have told his school about it.

Cassie Jones
Cassie Jones

Meanwhile, who's the narc that 'meant well' now that that poor boy suffers more seizures?????

c.burnett
c.burnett

Yeah, let's just give him a bunch of pharmacy pills instead because they are so much safer and have no side effects whatsoever. Gotta keep the pharma companies in business and happy.

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

What's crazy is that what they are doing will be legal in Minnesota on July 1st of 2015 thanks to America's worst Medicinal Cannabis law that was passed to give Governor Dayton political cover in this Fall's election.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Can't you just feel all that "American Freedom?"

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

Are You walking in her shoes? I bet NO! Don't judge what you don't understand.

    I am standing up for Angela Brown of Minnesota, who is being charged for giving her very ill son medical marijuana. I do not believe she endangered her son in any way, shape, or form! This country has to lighten up when it comes to marijuana. (Although it's ok for people to get drunk out of their minds and even kill other people, etc., because alcohol is legal... yeah, right.) Look at all the POISON Big Pharma is marketing and putting out there, but Angela went and got a NATU...RAL SUBSTANCE THAT GOD, IN HIS INFINITE WISDOM PUT ON THIS PLANET TO HELP PEOPLE, and now she’s facing charges of child endangerment?!!? The ONLY reason marijuana is illegal and forced down our throats as being bad is because Big Pharma would lose billions on the POISON they market, due to the fact that marijuana is NATURAL and has so MANY HEALTHFUL BENEFITS for so many people. If I had a child who was suffering in Any way, I would do Exactly what Angela did if nothing else (like the poisons big pharma is pushing) worked. Actually, I would try marijuana first to see if it aided in my child’s suffering Before seeking out the POISON big pharma is pushing. Wake up America!!! All you have to do is see one commercial for a “medicine” big pharma is pushing and listen to the side affects and right then ~ you know it’s POISON. In the case of marijuana, look at how many people have used it over the decades, even centuries, and there’s not one documented case of Anything bad happening to them!!! My nephew, Jesse David, who passed at the age of 16 from cystic fibrosis (a brutal illness), was prescribed medical marijuana (a bit too late), but it RAISED HIS LUNG FUNCTION BY 22%!! He started eating food again, put on weight (the poor baby was skin and bones from that illness), and was able to concentrate so much Better. Wake up America, stop being so head up the ass’ish and JUST LEGALIZE THIS NATURAL SUBSTANCE ACROSS THE BOARD!!!! My heart goes out to Angela Brown and I PRAY she is Not convicted. Other people are not walking in her shoes with a child who’s suffering ~ if they are going to be so blind to her and her son’s plight. ANGELA BROWN IS A GREAT MOTHER and a lovely person. I don’t know her personally, but I can just tell by watching her in interviews. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT IS NOT A BAD DRUG! COMPARED TO WHAT BIG PHARMA IS PUSHING, marijuana should be the LEAST of anyone’s concerns!!!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues You produce your own psychosis, fishingrainbow.  You have such a foul temper for a gnat.

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@DonkeyHotay Most kids play sports and get injured in some way or another. Your post is so uninformative. 

    I am standing up for Angela Brown of Minnesota, who is being charged for giving her very ill son medical marijuana. I do not believe she endangered her son in any way, shape, or form! This country has to lighten up when it comes to marijuana. (Although it's ok for people to get drunk out of their minds and even kill other people, etc., because alcohol is legal... yeah, right.) Look at all the POISON Big Pharma is marketing and putting out there, but Angela went and got a NATU...RAL SUBSTANCE THAT GOD, IN HIS INFINITE WISDOM PUT ON THIS PLANET TO HELP PEOPLE, and now she’s facing charges of child endangerment?!!? The ONLY reason marijuana is illegal and forced down our throats as being bad is because Big Pharma would lose billions on the POISON they market, due to the fact that marijuana is NATURAL and has so MANY HEALTHFUL BENEFITS for so many people. If I had a child who was suffering in Any way, I would do Exactly what Angela did if nothing else (like the poisons big pharma is pushing) worked. Actually, I would try marijuana first to see if it aided in my child’s suffering Before seeking out the POISON big pharma is pushing. Wake up America!!! All you have to do is see one commercial for a “medicine” big pharma is pushing and listen to the side affects and right then ~ you know it’s POISON. In the case of marijuana, look at how many people have used it over the decades, even centuries, and there’s not one documented case of Anything bad happening to them!!! My nephew, Jesse David, who passed at the age of 16 from cystic fibrosis (a brutal illness), was prescribed medical marijuana (a bit too late), but it RAISED HIS LUNG FUNCTION BY 22%!! He started eating food again, put on weight (the poor baby was skin and bones from that illness), and was able to concentrate so much Better. Wake up America, stop being so head up the ass’ish and JUST LEGALIZE THIS NATURAL SUBSTANCE ACROSS THE BOARD!!!! My heart goes out to Angela Brown and I PRAY she is Not convicted. Other people are not walking in her shoes with a child who’s suffering ~ if they are going to be so blind to her and her son’s plight. ANGELA BROWN IS A GREAT MOTHER and a lovely person. I don’t know her personally, but I can just tell by watching her in interviews. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT IS NOT A BAD DRUG! COMPARED TO WHAT BIG PHARMA IS PUSHING, marijuana should be the LEAST of anyone’s concerns!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

No one forced her to answer, jackass.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

School administrators are often pathological liars.  You need look no further than DPS to find proof.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@cheri-drake


"cheri"  <=== that's a stripper name, isn't it?  


Are you a broken record as well as being a stripper?


What do you do besides strip?  Do you do private parties?    

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake don't get it. what does my comment (also know as having a right to my opinion) have to do with being a stripper? would it be that ~ that is the Only way You can get laid ~ is to hire a stripper??? are you Really THAT cold hearted?? get some education ~ whoever you are. your crappy ego doesn't work for me.

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake don't get it. what does my comments (equal to my right to have an opinion) have anything to do with being a stripper? could it be that ~ that's the Only way You can get laid ~ is to hire a stripper? are you Really that cold hearted??

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@cheri-drake 


Here's the deal sweet cheeks, you have the right to your opinion and the right to re-post the same drivel multiple times.  Others have the right to make fun of you for being a moron.


Your "opinion" has nothing to do with being a stripper --- your name does.  


So, you are a stripper then?  Probably a little chubby and homely.  Day shift, right?


So, do you have an good looking stripper friends who do private parties?   (You probably don't have friends, so acquaintances will be fine.)

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake what is it with you and strippers? I never said that and you know it. that's Your opinion. you are entitled to your opinion, but we don't have to agree. I just don't get why you are attacking me. I haven't done anything wrong. if you must know, which I think you Should, my name "Cheri" comes from the French side of my heritage. It means "beloved". A trisket, a trasket ~ lighten up or blow a gasket...

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake your an ass, with nothing better to do than jerk off. cause you obviously aren't man enough to have a True woman in your life. and, even tho it's None of your business, it so happens I have been a ballerina for over 23 years. so suck on THAT lollipop for awhile. and then, I guess it'll be time for you to go stuff your wasted time and money on some strip club.

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake what I stated NEEDS to be posted ALL OVER THE PLACE. that's why I repeated myself. what's it to you anyway? is that and strippers ALL you have to worry about? you must have an easy life ~ especially stuffing those bills in strippers thongs... get a life, do Something meaningful, and get some education.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@cheri-drake 


"NEEDS to be posted..."


The only very obvious 'need' is for you to get back on your meds.



cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake I don't know Who you think you are, but you have No idea about me, the totally abusive father I endured growing up, or anything about my medication. my childhood was such a Terror, I still have to take anti-panic medicine, which I have been on since I was in my 20's. you, on the other hand, seem to have no understanding about people's suffering and therefore, you strike me as a Really cold hearted "person" ~ if that's even close to what you qualify to be. try some kindness... it may shock you, but it's better than all the hatred running amuck around this planet.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@cheri-drake 


Here's the deal kid, if you are so psychologically unbalanced that you take comments on a site like this personally, then this is likely not a safe place for you to play.

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake i'm not trying to play. Angela Brown's story is just very important to me. I didn't know this was a site to play on. and, how else am I supposed to take your comments? so far, you have been rude, crude, and insolent. I think You are the one who is psychologically imbalanced. Again, I didn't know it is "play" site. I'm new to it, came across it in my effort to stand up for Angela Brown, and then, there You were ~ calling me a stripper, a moron, etc. Maybe You should stay off of this site...

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@cheri-drake @fishingblues


Gosh cheri, you're so sweet.


Ode to cheri the cherry ...


I'm a ballerina

short and stout.

A bit off balance

So I stumble about.  

cheri-drake
cheri-drake

@fishingblues @cheri-drake cute poem! I am short ~ 5 ft exactly. I am probably stout with all the years of ballet... so, what's yer deal? if you wanna connect on FB, send me a friend request. you'll find me at Cheri Drake. ok, then ~ i'm gonna go enjoy the Redskins game now...

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