One Million People in the UK Are Breaking the Law to Stay Healthy

Posted by on April 15, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies with 8 Comments


By Michaela Whitton | Activist Post

Around a million people in the U.K. use cannabis for medical reasons, and every single one of them is breaking the law. With an increasing acceptance among the medical community regarding the use of cannabis in treating a range of medical conditions — and with many only too aware that an end to the drug war is long overdue — British parliamentarians and campaigners are stepping up the call for the legalisation of medical marijuana.

Patients not criminals

Many derive the benefits of marijuana as an alternative to fistfuls of opiate-based pills for chronic pain, but in the U.K., tens of thousands are criminalised every year for using the it either recreationally or medicinally. Elsewhere in the world, sanity has prevailed, and medical marijuana can now can be prescribed in 11 European countries, 24 U.S. states, and many other countries throughout the world.

On a trip to Westminster last month to make the case for the legalisation of cannabis for medical use, Professor of Neurology Mike Barnes from the End Our Pain campaign said eight million people in the U.K. suffer from chronic pain.

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Claiming a third of those who are prescribed opioids cannot tolerate them, he laid out evidence pointing to the success of marijuana in treating a number of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, epilepsy, and Crohn’s disease.

In addition, the End Our Pain campaign points to emerging indications of CBD — a key ingredient of cannabis — to treat epilepsy and alleviate mental health conditions, including social anxiety disorder and PTSD. Calling for the legalisation of the drug when prescribed for medical conditions, Professor Barnes said the fact cannabis is illegal is hampering the ability of researchers to conduct further studies on its medical benefits.

In March 2016, another advocate of the End Our Pain campaign, Liberal Democrat politician, Norman Lamb, put forward the decriminalisation of the drug in the House of Commons by calling for an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Claiming the public are way ahead of politicians on the issue, Lamb called the war on drugs a “spectacularly, stupid self-defeating policy.” The Liberal Democrats have made a case for a fully legal and regulated market that would include the sale of cannabis to those over 18 and specialist cannabis retailers, as well as legalize home cultivation for personal use and small-scale licensed cannabis social clubs.

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With over 12,000 signatures so far, the End Our Pain campaign is asking the public to sign a petition supporting the call for U.K. law change. If it is successful, it will allow doctors in Britain to prescribe cannabis when they think it can help their patients. You can sign it here.

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  2.' Lonna Marie Anderson says:

    To Whom It May Concern,

    I am Elizabeth Croydon, currently seeking office in our US Congress as a representative of MD’s district 8.
    I have known Lonna Marie Anderson to be a woman of great compassion, integrity, and care for over a decade. She is an a friend of many years. I may have added or subtracted.

    During that time, I used to pray that she be blessed with a child as her care level demonstrated to me that she would be ready to take responsibility for the welfare of a new born.

    She was never abusive, quick to anger, careless, neglectful, nor demonstrated crippling addictions, or psychological impairments.

    That her child has been taken away from her in such a questionable manner, through such show of force, with such curious legal procedures one may question the legitimacy of the courts involved, is outrageous. That she was not present when rulings and agreements were made to defend herself is repugnant. It seems that transparency and fairness are not words wielded by the judges involved. It seems there is a heavy bias in favor of her child’s father.

    I have watched her stand patiently in disagreement with the courts actions. I have watched her take brave and peaceful steps toward reversing this court decision.

    I worry for her child’s well being and the psychological effects this egregious error has had on her child.

    I stand in solidarity of those who seek the return of her child into her care and custody.

    Elizabeth Croydon


  3.' Odd Pheiff says:

    To stay healhy???????

  4.' Andrew Wakeman says:

    Then maybe the law needs to change

  5.' Ivar Inge Mehus says:

    Yea….high and healty….hehehe???

  6.' Patsy Cahill says:

    Can’t remember who’s quote this is but it’s quite fitting . . . “frankly my dear, the law is an ass! “

  7.' Anna Lloyd says:

    2 million here

  8.' Dave Marriott says:

    the old pricks that make the laws need to be replaced.

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