The Madison mother charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor child endangerment appeared in Lac qui Parle County court yesterday morning.

The Madison mother charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor child endangerment appeared in Lac qui Parle County court yesterday morning.

Angela Brown, 38, obtained cannabis oil in Colorado this summer to give to her 15 year old son Trey to treat intense pain from a traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011. Trey also engaged in self harm and experienced suicidal thoughts as a result of the injury. Brown tried over a dozen ineffective (sometimes adversely effective) prescription medications before resorting to the cannabis oil. Trey's pain and overall attitude were showing drastic improvements before the oil was discovered by his school (Lac qui Parle Valley) and the charges were brought against his mother.

"How is endangering your child taking his pain away?" asked Brown at a small press conference at the Pantry Café in Madison following the hearing.

The official charges against Brown are: permitting a child to be present when possessing a controlled substance and contributing to the need for child protection or services. Brown's attorney, Michael Hughes of Bend, Oregon filed two motions to dismiss these charges yesterday. The first claimed a lack of probable cause. Hughes said drug related child endangerment cases typically involve parents selling and/or manufacturing drugs in their children's presence, which Brown did not do. The second motion to dismiss was "in the interest of justice" as medical cannabis will become legal in Minnesota in less than a year and Trey will likely be an eligible patient.

Brown was greeted at the courthouse by several protesters supporting her decision to help her son. The protesters submitted a petition to the county with roughly 9,000 signatures pleading that the charges be dropped.   The Browns are open to moving to Colorado where medical cannabis is currently legal and requirements for patients to qualify for the medicine are much less restrictive than those coming into effect in Minnesota next July. "We really just want to get in a state where it's okay to take care of him (Trey)," said Brown. She added her husband David is already applying for jobs in Colorado.

Lac qui Parle County has until Jan. 2 to respond to Hughes' motions. “I am just ready for it all to be over with," said Brown.