Minnesota mom charged after giving ailing teen son medical marijuana

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A southwest Minnesota mother has been charged after she gave her ailing 15-year-old son medical cannabis oil to ease his pain – before a new state medical marijuana law takes effect next year.

FOX 9, KARE 11 and WCCO have the family's story.

Trey Brown suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit in the head with a line drive during a baseball game three years ago. He still suffers severe pain, muscle spasms and seizures.

“It just hurts in my brain everywhere,” he told WCCO. “I really can’t explain the pain.”

An emergency room doctor suggested medical marijuana, and Trey's parents David and Angela Brown, of Madison, Minnesota, bought cannabis oil in Colorado. It has brought their son tremendous relief from pressure he feels in his head, the teen and his parents say.

"Everything was great until I opened my mouth to the wrong person and I got turned in," Angela Brown told KARE 11. "And family services questioned my son at school, the cops came to my workplace."

Now she is charged with two gross misdemeanors, including child endangerment, and she faces a September court date. Lac Qui Parle County Attorney Richard Stulz declined to comment, WCCO reported.

"He is worth every bit of struggle and any bit of time we have to spend in a courtroom," David Brown told KARE 11.

The Minnesota Legislature approved a medical marijuana bill earlier this year that will give patients suffering from any of eight medical conditions access to marijuana in pill or liquid form if a doctor or physician’s assistant approves. The new law will take effect in July 2015.

"The legal protections will be in place soon here in Minnesota, but for the family, not soon enough," Rep. Carly Melin, who authored the medical marijuana legislation, told FOX 9.

For now, the Browns have sought help from Gov. Mark Dayton, and they are considering a move to Colorado. They note that even after the Minnesota law takes effect, they may not be able to legally obtain the marijuana strain that has been helping their son, WCCO notes.

A national debate has unfolded in recent years about the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Minnesota is one of 23 states on a growing list that permit some form of use of medical marijuana. Of those states, only two – Minnesota and New York - ban smoking the drug.

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