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Minnesota Mom Arrested After Giving Brain-Damaged Son Medical Marijuana for Pain (Video)

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Angela Brown has been charged with two misdemeanors in Madison, Minn., for giving her 15-year-old son medical marijuana oil to help him with the pain of a serious brain injury.

In 2011, her son Trey got hit in the head by a baseball that led to brain bleeding and such extreme pain that he started harming himself and considering suicide.

During a trip to a local ER earlier this year, a doctor in the emergency room recommended medical marijuana for Trey so the family traveled to Boulder, Colo., to buy Cannabidiol (CBD) oil to relieve their child's severe pain and muscle spasms (video below).

CBD oil is recommended by the Epilepsy Foundation, and doesn't include THC, the ingredient that causes people to get high from smoking pot.

"Trey would describe it as reducing the pressure in his head. He didn't have the pressure anymore and his muscles would calm down," Angela told KARE 11. "Everything was great until I opened my mouth to the wrong person and I got turned in. And family services questioned my son at school, the cops came to my workplace."

While Lac Qui Parle County family services dropped the issue, Lac Qui Parle County Attorney Richard Stulz pressed criminal charges.

"I guess their definition of a good mom would have been a mom who sat back, let the doctors do whatever, and possibly let their child die," added Angela. "I guess a bad a mom chooses to go find answers for her child and chooses to treat her child and takes his pain away. So, if they want to call me a bad mom, then fine."

Ironically, medical marijuana will be legal next summer in Minnesota.

The Browns have to appear in a Minnesota court in September and have set up a GoFundMe page for donations to their legal battle.

Unfortunately, Trey will have to remain in pain until the Browns move to Colorado, thanks to the criminal charges against Angela.

“He’s got the muscle spasms, the pain, everything back to where it was before,” the boy's father David Brown told CBS Minnesota.

If the Minnesota mom is convicted, she could get two years in prison and a $6,000 fine.

Sources: CBS Minnesota, KARE 11 (Image Credit: O'Dea)

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