Target: David M. Gilbertson, Chippewa County District Attorney, Montevideo, Minnesota
Goal: Demand charges against mother for treating brain-damaged son with cannabis oil be dropped
The debilitating effects of an eleven-year-old boy’s severe brain injury were finally alleviated with the use of cannabis oil. The mother who legally bought the oil in Colorado but violated Minnesotan law by returning home with it is now being charged with two gross misdemeanors and up to two years in prison. Stand against the punishment of a mother who sought a natural method to relieve her son’s pain and demand that the District Attorney of Chippewa County drop all charges.
In 2011, eleven-year-old Trey Brown suffered a traumatic brain injury that put him in a coma and, upon awakening, caused chronic pain, seizures, learning disabilities, and suicidal thoughts. By 2014, 18 different pharmaceuticals had failed to alleviate Trey’s pain and caused additional negative side effects. His mother, Angela Brown, following a doctor’s recommendation, travelled from Minnesota and legally obtained cannabis oil from a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado. Upon using the oil, Trey’s pain immediately subsided, the migraines and muscle spasms stopped, and he was able to focus in school.
When his teachers inquired about her son’s vast improvement, Ms. Brown unashamedly revealed their “miracle in a bottle.” School administrators quickly reported Ms. Brown leading to her arrest by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and charge with child endangerment due to substance possession and criminal jurisdiction that contributes to the need for child protective services. The cannabis oil was confiscated at which point the agonizing pain, swelling, muscle spasms and inability to function in school all returned.
In May 2014, Minnesota passed a medical marijuana law but it does not go into effect until July 2015. In an inconceivable twist of logic, the act of using a plant oil extract to alleviate the extreme pain of a minor is being defined by meddling attorneys as child endangerment. Stand up for reason and demand that the district attorney dismiss this case at once.
Dear Mr. Gilbertson,
I support Angela Brown’s decision to do everything in her power to relieve her son from his tremendous pain. Her choice to try Cannabis oil after the lack of success with 18 different pharmaceuticals and with a doctor recommendation is nothing if not reasonable and compassionate.
Your decision to forfeit all human emotion and dogmatically apply a soon-to-be-obsolete law is inconceivable in this case. This aggressive criminalization of a natural, safe, and internationally-reputable treatment is a testament to the protection of pharmaceutical markets in this country by busybody lawyers at the expense of real peoples’ pain.
I urge you to dismiss this case on the reasonable grounds that the treatment is verifiably safe and effective. Furthermore, Trey Brown will continue to suffer until his cannabis oil treatments can resume and the impending legal mire will only further damage and already traumatized family. I respectfully request that you drop all charges against Angela Brown.
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