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David and Angela Brown are fighting a legal battle to give their son cannabis oil, which they say eased his pain and saved his life. (Source: WCCO/CBS) David and Angela Brown are fighting a legal battle to give their son cannabis oil, which they say eased his pain and saved his life. (Source: WCCO/CBS)

MADISON, MN (WCCO/CBS) - A mother was charged with child endangerment for giving her son medical marijuana to treat his pain.

"No mother should have to hold their child so they don't kill themselves," Angela Brown said. "He didn't want to live."

Brown calls the cannabis oil a lifesaver for her 15-year-old son, Trey, who suffered a traumatic brain injury three years ago at a baseball game.

Medical marijuana will become legal for some Minnesota residents next summer, but the Browns are worried that may be too late.

One pitch at a pickup game of baseball with friends hit Trey in the back of his head, and it forever changed his future.

The pain came in headaches, muscle spasms and seizures. It got so bad he couldn't go to school and started to punch and cut himself.

"It just hurts in my brain everywhere," Trey said. "I really can't explain the pain."

Nothing Minnesota doctors did seemed to work, so last winter they left for Colorado where they found help.

The Browns brought cannabis oil back home from Boulder, and Trey's pain subsided.

But, when his school wondered what was helping him, teachers were not happy with his parents' answer.

"It was a week later when my mom said the cops are looking for you," Trey said.

Investigators seized the oil and charged Angela Brown with child endangerment and causing a child to need protection.

"The prosecutor's version of this is that a good mom allows her child to be in pain to self-harm and attempt to take his life," Angela Brown said. "I guess that's a good mom in his eyes."

The Browns said they will handle their legal fight before likely starting over in Colorado.

Angela Brown faces two years in jail and a $6,000 fine if she's convicted.

The family said even when Minnesota's law takes effect next summer, they may not be able to access the same marijuana strain that's been working for Trey.

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