The Minnesota mother being prosecuted for giving her ailing son cannabis oil features in a movie that will premiere at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival Saturday.
FOX 9 reports that Angela Brown is among those interviewed in the documentary "Pot: The Movie" by South Dakotan filmmaker Michael Hope, who spent a year studying the difference between the liberal approach to the drug in Colorado compared to the "strict prosecution" in his home state.
The South Dakota Argus Leader notes that Hope has become a "crusader" for people like Angela Brown, who is facing action over her decision to travel to Colorado to buy cannabis oil with which she could treat her son's traumatic head injury.
Brown, of Madison in southwest Minnesota, has been charged with the gross misdemeanor of "contributing to the need for child protection" for treating her 15-year-old son with cannabis, which she said helped allay his severe pain, muscle spasms and seizures.
Her case continues even though medical marijuana will become legalized in Minnesota from July 1.
Her son Trey, was 11-years-old when he was hit on the left side of his head by a baseball and has since developed Tourette's syndrome and a whole host of other serious ailments, many of which his mother told MPR "melted away" when he was given cannabis oil.
Hope, formerly of Minneapolis, told MPR he hopes the film will "educate the public" on the drug's history, and argues that the plant's effects are "misunderstood" and confused with harder drugs such as heroin, cocaine or LSD.
The movie will premiere at St. Anthony Main Theatre at 3 p.m. Saturday, and will be shown again at 6.40 p.m. on Sunday. Find out more here.