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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22 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?"

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

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

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.

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