Prosecutor isn't talking about why he decided to charge medical marijuana mom Angela Brown
One person's medicine is law enforcement's drug -- at least until next year, when Minnesota's medical marijuana program is rolled out.
On Wednesday and Thursday, we called Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury.
But Stulz, unfortunately, isn't in the mood to talk about it. Our calls weren't returned, and that appears to be the case for other reporters who have reached out to him as well.
Despite all the negative press the charges have generated for Lac Qui Parle County, there's no indication Stulz's office is reconsidering its prosecution of Brown. In fact, Brown tells us that during a hearing earlier this month, an assistant county attorney asked a judge to require both Brown and her son, Trey, to submit to weekly urine analyses as a condition for letting the teenager stay with his parents.
"I thought that was a bit harsh," Brown says, adding that a judge denied the prosecutor's request.
Angela and Trey Brown
Courtesy of Angela Brown
Brown's story and the charges she faces have inspired calls for Gov. Mark Dayton to intervene, especially in light of comments he made this spring about how if he had a child who could benefit from medical marijuana, he'd buy it off the street.
We called Attorney General Lori Swanson's office to ask if there's anything the state's top attorney can do about county-level charges like the ones Brown faces, but haven't heard back as this is published.
Meanwhile, Brown tells us that as her story blew up this week, she's now being represented by an attorney who is working pro bono because he supports medical marijuana and was appalled by the charges.
"We [had] a court-appointed lawyer, and I met with him this Monday here in Madison," Brown says. "He was pushing for me to plead guilty and take probation, and I said I'm not pleading guilty to child endangerment. I'm not endangering my child."
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