Do you think Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle County attorney, is doing a good job spending taxpayer dollars by going after Angela Brown, the mother who gave her son medical cannabis to treat a brain injury?
Apparently, other attorneys in Lac Qui Parle County are apathetic about that question, as according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, Stulz is running for reelection without opposition this year.
Stulz was present in Montevideo yesterday for Brown's hearing, but he didn't actually enter the courtroom. That's because he's delegated Brown's prosecution to one of his assistants, Brown says.
"He threw her to the wolves, and he's out in the hallway," Brown adds, referring to Stulz's assistant. "That was awfully spineless of him."
(Stulz hasn't returned numerous messages we've left at his office seeking comment, including one left with his secretary this morning.)
During the hearing, Brown's lawyer refused an offer to settle the case, meaning it appears the matter is headed for trial.
Brown tells us she's open to pleading guilty to lesser charges, but won't plead guilty to child endangerment.
"I will agree to having had a product with THC in it in my possession, but I refuse to agree to child endangerment," she says. "That's not endangering him. Yes, if I had gone to a back alley and bought pot from some guy I didn't know and then rolled a joint and made him smoke it, then fine, I did, but that's a fairly dumbass thing to do because you don't know what's in it."
Brown contrasts that with the "legitimate medicinal cannabis oil" she gave her son, Trey.
"I did all the right steps, just in the wrong state," she says.
If convicted of the two gross misdemeanor charges she faces, Brown could be sentenced to up to a year behind bars and a $3,000 for each count.
"It was a big emotional roller coaster, and I do feel like some weight has been taken off my shoulders [after talking with my attorney] because I was having an irrational fear of going to jail," she says. "I don't have $6,000 sitting around to pay a fine. Those are huge fears, and now I don't have that fear."
Meanwhile, Rep. Carly Melin (D-Hibbing), chief House author of the medical marijuana bill that was signed into law last spring, tells us that Brown, who plans to move with her family to Colorado, is incorrect in believing she has to leave the state in order for Trey to be treated with medical cannabis.
Since Trey suffers from muscle spasms as a result of his head injury, he qualifies for medical cannabis under the Minnesota law, Melin says.
That means that in less than a year, Brown would be applauded as nothing more and nothing less than a law-abiding, caring mom -- not charged with crimes. If only Stulz could figure that out!
If you'd like to sign a Change.org petition calling for the charges against Brown to be dropped, click here.
h/t -- West Central Tribune