KUSA- Angela Brown says her son, Trey, was playing baseball with friends when a ball slammed into his head. It was an accident so severe that the then 11-year-old boy suffered bleeding in his brain.
For the last three years, Trey has struggled with headaches so severe that his parents say he was suicidal. Muscle spasms gripped him. The pain was nothing less than excruciating. Traditional medication wasn't working.
"It's not fair," Angela said.
After getting advice from a doctor and researching medical marijuana, the Browns traveled to Boulder, hoping for a chance to turn Trey's life around. They say new friends gave them the cannabis oil they took back to Minnesota. It began to work.
The Browns are not alone.
"We are seeing more parents coming in, inquiring about medical marijuana," said Justin Staley of Mile High Medical and Recreational Cannabis.
He says there are several reasons why people would to medical cannabis.
"I think people are dealing with loved ones and are looking for a holistic, non-toxic option," Staley said. "Something also that's not expensive."
But in Minnesota, medical marijuana won't be legal until 2015. When authorities learned Angela was giving Trey cannabis drops, they charged her with two misdemeanors, including child endangerment.
"I'm not a bad mom," Angela said. "I was just a desperate mom who wanted to help her child."
The Browns say they took their story to Facebook, where they received an outpouring of support. Now, a lawyer specializing in cannabis law has agreed to represent them, pro bono.
Angela adds the experience has been so difficult, they are considering moving to Colorado.
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