Angela Brown, left, visits with supporters, including Patrick McClellan, outside the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo, Minn., on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. McClellan, of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, testified at the Legislature for the bill that will allow the use of medical cannabis. He made the trip from Bloomington to show support for Brown, saying he was outraged when he learned of the charges against her. Forum News Service: Tom Cherveny
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The case against a Minnesota mother accused of treating her son with medical cannabis appears headed to trial after the defense rejected a settlement offer Monday.
Angela Brown, 38, of Madison is charged in Lac qui Parle County with two gross misdemeanors: endangering a child — permitting to be present when possessing a controlled substance and contribute to the need for child protection. The charges carry a possible sentence of two years in prison and a $6,000 fine.
She is accused of giving her 15-year-old son Trey medical cannabis to treat his pain from a traumatic brain injury.
Defense attorney Michael Hughes said Brown is not guilty of child endangerment and would not offer a plea as part of a settlement offer.
Trey Brown, center, looks at a cellphone photo taken of him outside the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo, Minn., on Monday. Trey’s mother is facing criminal charges for giving her 15-year-old son medical cannabis to treat his pain from a traumatic brain injury. (Forum News Service: Tom Cherveny)
Speaking after Monday’s brief court hearing conducted in neighboring Chippewa County, Hughes said that the prosecution offered a one-year stay of adjudication if Brown pleaded guilty.
Under a stay of adjudication, no conviction would appear on her record provided she complied with all the conditions of sentencing.
Hughes, of Bend, Ore., told the court they intend to challenge the …read more