Authorities in Minnesota, a state that has adopted medical marijuana, have charged a mother with child endangerment after she gave MMJ to her severely ill son.
Angela Brown of Madison, Minn., said she and her husband, David, chose to use medical weed on their 15-year-old son, Trey, who suffered a traumatic brain injury at a baseball game three years ago.
Ever since that time, Trey has experienced severe illness, his parents said. It started with massive headaches, muscle spasms, and seizures. When it reached its worst point, he was cutting and punching himself, and he couldn’t go to school.
“No mother should have to hurt their child so they don’t hurt themselves,” Angela said. “He didn’t want to live.”
Her husband agreed. “It’s been a very, very rough three years,” David said.
The pain and other symptoms started after Trey took a pitch to the head in 2011. The disease, which doctors in Minnesota couldn’t effectively treat, changed his life dramatically.
“It just hurts in my brain everywhere,” Trey said. “I really can’t explain the pain.”
Out of options in Minnesota, the Browns turned to Colorado instead, where marijuana is legal. There, doctors gave Trey medical weed that greatly reduced his symptoms, his mother said.
“Within an hour of him taking it, we could tell a difference,” Angela said.
Trey’s parents fed him an oil, a concentrated form of cannabis. It was the only medicine that actually worked, they said.
But then police became involved, apparently unaware or unconcerned that the governor signed medical marijuana into law in May. Now they’re trying to imprison Angela and take away her family – for an act that could soon be legal.
Local teachers, likely carrying out their own outdated views on cannabis use, called authorities after Trey talked about his MMJ use in class. Police took the oil and charged Angela with child endangerment and causing a child to need protection.
Prosecutors refused to comment on the case or why they’re pursuing it. One can assume it’s out of loyalty to the anti-pot cause. Small-towners in Minnesota aren’t known for their open-mindedness when it comes to social issues.
“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,” Angela said. “I guess that’s a good mom in his eyes.”
Without the drug, Trey has slid back to his old symptoms, with “the muscle spasms, the pain, everything,” his father said. The family plans to move to Colorado once the local legal problems are resolved.
Minnesota should be embarrassed to see people like the Browns leave. Colorado should be happy to welcome them.