Video Of A Stage 4 Cancer Hospital Patient’s Room Being Searched By Police Looking For Marijuana Causes Outrage

The police department in Bolivar, Missouri, is dealing with the backlash from a video posted to Facebook Live on Wednesday, showing police officers going through the belongings of a stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient, looking for pot.

The patient in the video is Nolan Sousley, who has stopped getting chemotherapy and now takes THC capsules to manage his pain (according to the Springfield News-Leader, citing Sousley’s social media).

In the video, three police officers are seen in Sousley’s hospital room, going through his bags (he stops them when they get to his “final hour stuff,” though). They tell him that if they find marijuana, they’ll give him a citation, but they’re not going to take him to jail.

The video was tweeted by @MassRoots, who followed up with two others providing more information about the video.

Speaking to the cops, Sousley brings upthe legal status of medical cannibis in Missouri. Missouri voters decided overwhelmingly to create a system for medical cannabis in November, but USA Today reports that the state isn’t taking any new applications for cannabis patient ID cards until July.

Sousley says, talking about marijuana, “medically in Missouri, it’s really legal now. They just haven’t finished the paperwork.”

“Okay, then it’s still illegal,” one of the officers responds.

Sousley points out that he doesn’t have time to wait for that, and asks the officer, “What would you do?”

The officer answers that he won’t engage in “what if” games.

As the video blew up on Twitter, people generally responded with outrage.

More than one person said that the person who called the police (the guard) should be fired.

Bolivar Police Chief Mark Webb, speaking to the News-Leader, said that the backlash against the police on social media has included death threats and a barrage of questions that the department has so far not been able to address.

But for real, who narcs on a cancer patient?? What is the point? Honestly, some people just can’t wait to get to hell.

h/t: Springfield News-Leader, USA Today

Jessie Dean Altman

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.