Missouri Cops Draw Backlash After Raiding Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Patient’s Room For Marijuana
A Missouri police department is under fire after officers raided a stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient’s belongings for marijuana in his hospital room.
The raid was captured on video that has since gone viral. In live footage shared by Nolan Sousley, the terminal cancer patient, on Facebook on Thursday, officers from the Bolivar Police Department can be seen searching his belongings at Citizens Memorial Hospital, where he was hospitalized.
Sousley told the Bolivar Herald-Free Press earlier this week that a security guard entered his room and asked to search his belongings, saying he smelled weed. Sousley refused, and shortly thereafter, several police officers entered his room to search his bags.
“I had some capsules that had some THC oil in them. I took them outside in the parking lot,” Sousley, who said he doesn’t smoke the drug, can be heard telling officers in the video he shared online, which has since racked up more than 500,000 views.
“If we find marijuana, we’ll give you a citation,” one of the officers tells Sousley. “We’re not taking you down to the county jail. We haven’t found marijuana.”
Sousley then reminded the officers that medical marijuana will soon be legal in the state, as doctors will be able to prescribe the drug to patients in Missouri come summer.
But an officer shot back, “It’s still illegal.”
“But I don’t have time to wait for that,” Sousley continued. “Man, what would you do? Tell me what you’d do.”
According to Time, Bolivar Police Chief Mark Webb confirmed that the officers received consent before raiding Sousley’s room and added that they did not find anything illegal during their search.
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Webb also said the department does not currently plan to investigate the incident.