Police raid dying cancer patient's hospital room for marijuana after he admitted to taking THC pills to combat pain
The 52-year-old is in the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer and in his final days, he is tired of the way his country works since medical marijuana isn't legal yet in Missouri.
Nolan Sousley received a visit from the cops when his room at the hospital began to smell of marijuana. In a video shared by Nolan on Facebook, two cops can be seen searching through Nolan's belongings, searching for the pot. The 52-year-old suffers from 4 pancreatic cancer and was a little taken aback when he was paid this sudden visit by the officers from Bolivar Police Department. The officers were called at the hospital, and in the video they shared the reason for their operation.
The officers can be heard confessing that they received a concerned call which claimed Nolan's room at the Citizens Memorial Healthcare was smelling of marijuana on Wednesday night. However, while the officers were ransacking through Nolan's things, he admitted that he did inhale a couple of puffs of a cigar while in the parking lot. He also stated that he did swallow a few THC oil pills in order to help him overcome the pain inflicted by cancer and added, quite confidently, that he does not rely on a 'ground-up plant'. He also exclaimed to the officers, as can be heard on the video, "It's the only choice I got to live, man. We're Americans. I was born here, it's my right to live."
Nolan was not alone in his difficult moment. A physician soon walked into the room and asked the officers if they have the right to go through a dying man's things. The cops stated that they do have a right to search through the things since they are not on anyone's private property. One of the officers claimed, "If we find marijuana, we'll give you a citation," one of the officers told Nolan, "We're not taking you down to the county jail. But, we haven't found marijuana, so we're not citing." The physician cited the passing of Amendment 2 in November which allowed for state-licensed physicians to recommend marijuana for medical purposes to patients.
However, the cops held their grounds and claimed that medical marijuana isn't legal yet and that medical marijuana won't be available to purchase in Missouri until January 2020, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Nolan, on the other hand, claimed that the cops weren't doing the right thing by going through his belongings since these were his last days, and the bag had things that he wanted on his last days. He said, "It has my final day things in there and nobody's going to dig in it. It's my stuff, it's my final hour stuff is in that bag. It's my right to have my final — I'm not digging it down here in front of everybody."
While everybody else left the room, one of the officers stayed behind and searched Nolan's bag and he didn't find any pot. The hospital, however, claimed that smoking within the campus is strictly prohibited, "It is also our policy to call appropriate law enforcement any time hospital personnel see or reasonably suspect illegal drug use in patient rooms or otherwise on campus."
A hospital security guard and nurse had allegedly made these claims, as they said they smelled marijuana whenever they walked into the room. The police during their search could not find any traces of the said odor. Nolan confirmed in the video that no traces of marijuana were found, "only CBD which is legal in Missouri." On Facebook and YouTube, the video had been seen about 550,000 times as of Saturday.
As for Nolan, he is on his last days, and his family has already started a Facebook page in support of cancer patients and to help spread awareness about the illness.