UK view on cannabis is harming medicine and forcing the sick to break the law, says Dr Miriam Stoppard

There’s plenty of evidence to support the kind of reform already occurring in US states and internationally


Cannabis should be legalised – for medical use at least. I had a friend with MS who got great relief from muscle spasms by smoking grass – but she was forced to get her supply from a drug dealer.

I thought at the time it was a ­scandal that she should have to resort to an illegal source to get relief.

The first recorded use of cannabis was in ancient China. Queen Victoria’s personal physician, Russell Reynolds, said in medical journal The Lancet in 1890: “Indian hemp, when pure and administered carefully, is one of the most valuable medicines we possess.”

Calls have come from UK politicians to reconsider the role of cannabis in society. Two recently told The British Medical Journal: “We have heard testimonies from patients… that cannabis has given them their life back.”

Plus, the international position on cannabis as a medicine has changed.


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