Last month, we told you about Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota resident who was charged with two gross misdemeanors for giving cannabis extracts to her teenage son, Trey, to treat a traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011.
Brown's story generated quite a stir, mostly among people who couldn't begin to understand why the Lac Qui Parle county attorney, Richard Stulz, thought it was a good idea to press charges in this case. But the controversy apparently didn't deter Stulz, as this morning Brown is due in court in Montevideo, where she plans to enter a "not guilty" plea.
Brown tells us she's heard from at least 20 people who plan to hold a silent protest on her behalf in and around the courthouse. She says she's holding out hope the charges will be dropped today, but since there's been minimal communication between her lawyer and the prosecution, she doesn't know what to expect.
"The prosecution hasn't said anything about wanting to [drop the charges]," Brown says. "[Stulz] told people in the little old ladies' coffee group that he felt he needed to charge the way he did, that he had no other choice... so both my lawyer and I feel it may end up going to trial."
Brown says her family is planning to move to Colorado, especially since Trey, who is being homeschooled during his 9th grade year of school, won't qualify for medical cannabis under the Minnesota law set to go into effect next summer.
"It's something we've been thinking about anyway because we can't legally treat him without getting into trouble [in Minnesota]," she says. "He's not on the qualified list -- chronic pain isn't on the approved list for ailments in Minnesota, which takes about 80 percent [of those who could benefit] off the list of being able to get it." (Rep. Carly Melin points out to us, however, that if Trey suffered from seizures as a result of his brain injury, he might quality for medical cannabis treatment after all.)
Brown's two goals are to stay out of jail and take care of her son, she says.
"In no way do I want Rick Stulz to feel like he's won, [but] I would have been willing to negotiate terms," she continues. "I'm pissed off now, but in the end I just want my son to be taken care of."
If her case does go to trial, Brown says she'll ask to be allowed to leave the state during the process so Trey can be treated legally in Colorado while the charges she faces are pending.