Madison, MN- A mother in Minnesota was charged with child endangerment after giving her son medical marijuana oil from Colorado after she had exhausted all other options to combat the boy’s seizures and chronic pain.
Angela Brown said she’s spent three years watching her son Trey suffer from seizures and extreme pain after he had sustained a severe brain injury during a baseball game. At age 11, Trey was hit in the temple by a baseball and suffered from a stroke and a coma following the injury. The pain that Trey experienced was described as severe. “It just hurts in my brain, just everywhere in there,” said Trey, now 15. “I really can’t explain the pain.”
The pain that Trey had been going through greatly affected his learning; he was unable to attend school and had begun hurting himself. “I was afraid to go to the bathroom,” said Angela Brown. “Because I was afraid that he- that I would come back and he would be harming himself.”
The Brown family had tried several other treatments, and then decided to travel to Colorado and try cannabis oil for Trey. The Browns said that just a few hours after taking the oil, Trey’s symptoms disappeared. “It was just amazing to find something that helped our son,” said Trey’s father, David Brown.
As Trey’s academic performance improved, the staff at his school became curious about what had helped him find relief. When it was discovered he was taking cannabis oil, a child protection worker interviewed the Browns. A criminal complaint was then filed in June; the oil was seized and the Brown family said Trey’s pain has returned. “He’s got the muscle spasms, the pain, everything back to where it was before,” said David Brown.
“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,” said Angela Brown. “I guess that’s a good mom in his eyes.”
Although the state of Minnesota passed a medical marijuana legalization bill and was signed in May of this year, the legislation does not take effect until July 2015. Trey would likely be qualified to obtain medical marijuana at that time; however, it is uncertain that he would be able to use the same variety of cannabis oil that has provided him relief.
The Brown family is now considering moving to Colorado to be able to continue Trey’s treatment after Angela Brown’s legal fate is decided; she faces two years in jail and $6,000 in fines. Chief House author of the medical marijuana bill, Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), pointed out that “The legal protections will be in place soon here in Minnesota, but for the family, not soon enough.”