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Kansas Jails Terminal Cancer Grandma For Taking Meds (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Angela Kastner, a grandmother with terminal colorectal cancer, was locked up in the Sedgwick County Jail in Kansas for 48 hours because THC was found in her system while she was driving (video below).

"Because I had 0.3 Marinol in my system that the doctors in Oklahoma gave me because I'm fighting cancer," Kastner told KAKE before she was locked up. "I've been fighting cancer 5 years."

FDA-approved Marinol is a synthetic form of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) that helps cancer patients keep food down during chemotherapy.

Kastner tested positive for THC and was subsequently charged with a DUI, despite not having had no alcohol to drink.

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Kastner's pharmacist said the amount of THC in her body would not make anyone high.

"I miss my chemo tomorrow, and I miss my doctors appointment with my heart doctor on Thursday," Kastner said.

Colonel Brenda Dietzman with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office told the news station that Kastner chose the dates that she would be in jail, but could not say why Kastner would make a choice that was so detrimental to her own health.

Kastner's doctor has indicated that if the chemo doesn't work, the next option is hospice care (until she dies).

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"We routinely, on a daily basis, take inmates to dialysis and other medical procedures and appointments," Dietzman added. "We take the care of our inmates very seriously."

Kastner hopes other cancer patients will not have similar experiences: "I feel sorry for the next cancer patient that has to go through anything I have had to go through. They shouldn't have to do this at the end of their life."

While Kastner sits in jail, Brandon Michael Lloyd, an accused child molester, is being offered probation as part of a plea deal by Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, reports The Daily Haze.

The plea deal would reportedly allow Lloyd to move to Ohio -- and possibly not have to register as a sex offender.

The Daily Haze notes that it obtained an audio recording of Bennett explaining the plea deal to the victim's parents.

Lloyd was charged with criminal sodomy with a child, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated incest (six counts) and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Bennett reportedly told the parents that Lloyd admitted to all of the charges, but added that he has agreed to drop a criminal sodomy charge if Lloyd pleads guilty to lesser crimes.

Sources: KAKE, The Daily Haze / Photo credit: miss_millions/Flickr

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