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Viral Video Of Cops Raiding Terminal Cancer Patient’s Hospital Room Looking For Marijuana Has The Internet Livid

A Missouri police department has come under fire after officers raided a stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient’s belongings for marijuana in his hospital room.

Nolan Sousley was in his room at Citizens Memorial Hospital when officers with the Bolivar Police Department arrived and began combing through his belongings for marijuana. Sousey says a security guard came into his room earlier and asked to search his things, but that he refused.

The police came by shortly afterward; when they did, Sousley and his family members began recording. The video, streamed live to Facebook, shows officers searching through bags on a hospital bed.

“I had some capsules that had some THC oil in them. I took them outside in the parking lot,” Sousley can be heard telling the officers in the video.

“If we find marijuana, we’ll give you a citation,” one of the officers replies. “We’re not taking you down to the county jail. We haven’t found marijuana.”

Sousley points out that medical marijuana will soon be legal in the state, to which an officer responds: 

“It’s still illegal.”

“But I don’t have time to wait for that,” Sousley retorts. “Man, what would you do? Tell me what you’d do.”

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The officers did find the CBD oil Sousley mentions––which is legal––and did not write him a citation.

Bolivar Police Chief Mark Webb confirmed to the Bolivar Herald-Free Press that the officers had received consent before searching Sousley’s room. Bolivar City Attorney Donald Brown also said that the city and the police department have launched investigations into the incident.

The outrage is palpable.

The Marijuana Policy Project called the raid “a waste of resources.”

MassRoots, a technology platform for cannabis consumers, said the raid is further indication that cannabis needs to be legalized as soon as possible.

Citizens Memorial Hospital issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, due to HIPAA, we are unable to comment about any specific patient, their treatment or what was done or not done in any particular situation. Generally speaking, it is against the hospital’s policy to smoke or vape on the hospital’s campus. 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.”

Missouri voters chose to legalize medical marijuana last November, but possession is still currently illegal as officials create rules for the approved ballot measure. The new rules, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, will take effect “no later than June 4, 2019.”