Stage 4 cancer patient says police raided his hospital room for marijuana

Henrietta Strickland
March 11, 2019

The Bolivar Police Department hasn't commented on their actions but said they've received threats since the video went live.

The officer in the video tells Sousley they're searching his room in a response to a call.

"There is no way they could smell it, doc, because I don't smoke it", Sousley said to a medical professional who was in the room Wednesday during a Facebook Live video. The video was streamed from the page "Nolan's Tribe of Warriors Against Cancer". "I don't ever use a ground-up plant". "I don't support the rules they have written".

"I'm not letting them dig through it".

'It has my final day things in there and nobody's going to dig in it, ' he said at one point.

They also said if they found marijuana they would just write a citation.

'I hadn't slept for days, ' he said.

Nolan Sousley tells the Springfield News-Leader that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in June 2018.

"Tell me what you would do?", said Sousley on the Facebook Live.

"Why can't I do what I want to do?"

A Bolivar police receptionist who was not identified by name by the newspaper said she'd been "called every name in the book" by irate callers since the search.

A stage-four cancer patient at a hospital in Bolivar, speaking out after police searched his hospital room for marijuana. It is not clear who placed the call.

During his conversation with the police officers, Sousley mentioned the approved amendment, to which the officer replied that medical marijuana wasn't legal yet. In the video, an officer is seen searching bags in Sousley's room.

The doctor soon requested Sousley to stop recording as the argument began to escalate with the patient asking to go home.

"So what's the proceeding here?" she asked them. Soon after, the broadcast ended.

Sousley explained to the Bolivar Herald-Free Press that he was 'highly medicated at the time it all happened'. Newsweek reached out to Sousley, who declined to comment until he could speak with an attorney. We pride ourselves in providing compassionate care to all patients and we fell short of expectations. Our actions in this recent event did not reflect who we are as an organization. "We are reviewing the incident and will retrain our employees in the core values and the importance of respect and dignity to our patients and the community".

Missouri voters approved medical marijuana a year ago, but it isn't legal to use yet.

The terminally-ill patient uses tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) pills, which contain cannabis, for treatment.

Webb added that there are no plans to investigate the incident. "We're not taking you down to the County Jail", one officer in the hospital room says on the video, which had been shared more than 6,500 times as of Friday afternoon, and viewed more than 350,000 times.

Sousley said Friday he felt violated and is exhausted of being attacked when he's just trying to save his own life. "This is not one of them". She hopes it will help people like CBD has helped her husband.

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