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Video sparks debate: Cops put in awkward position of searching ‘terminal’ cancer patient’s hospital room for weed

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Pro-weed advocates and their media allies are jumping on a story out of Missouri, where police found themselves in the awkward position of searching the hospital room of a man who says he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

A security guard at Citizens Memorial Hospital, in Bolivar, smelled marijuana in the man’s room Thursday night and called police after the patient, Nolan Sousley, would not allow him to search the room, according to the Bolivar Herald-Free Press.

Marijuana is not currently legal in the state — voters did approve a measure to make medical marijuana legal in November, but it has not gone into effect yet.

“I told him, ‘I don’t smoke marijuana. I don’t have any with me,’” Sousley told the Herald-Press, speaking of the security guard, who responded by calling the Bolivar Police Department.

A Facebook live video posted by Sousley, who said he was “highly medicated at the time it all happened,” captured the interaction with the cops, who were placed in a difficult position.


Posted by Nolan’s Tribe of Warriors Against Cancer on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sousley, who identified himself as a “terminal patient,” is heard saying, “I had some capsules that had some THC oil in them. I took them outside in the parking lot.”

The security guard reportedly saw Sousley and his partner, Amber Kidwell, smoking something in the parking lot — Citizens Memorial told the Springfield News-Leader “it is against the hospital’s policy to smoke or vape on the hospital’s campus.”

“I did take a couple puffs of a cigar — Swisher Sweets,” Sousley admitted.

An officer is seen searching bags in the room — the Herald-Press said that Kidwell gave them consent to search her bags, but Sousley did not.

When Sousley expressed concern about being arrested, an officer explains what will happen if they find the illegal drug.

“If we find marijuana, we’ll give you a citation,” the officer said. “We’re not taking you down to the county jail. But, we haven’t found marijuana, so we’re not citing.”

When asked why they were looking for it, the officer explained they were responding to a call.

“Medically, in Missouri it’s really legal now,” Sousley said. “They just haven’t finished the paperwork.”

“Okay then, it’s still illegal,” the officer replied.

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

A doctor comes into the room and asked the cops, “Do you have the right to search his stuff? Or do you need a warrant for that?”

She is informed that they have the right to search because they’re on private property.

Sousley said the one bag he would not give them permission to search was his “bag of medication, and I’m not letting them look through it.”

“It has my final day things in there and nobody’s going to dig in it,” he said. “It’s my stuff. It’s my final hour stuff.”

He told the newspaper that once the camera was turned off, he allowed an officer to look in the bag and no marijuana was found.

Tom Tillison


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