Home of terminally ill medical cannabis patient who grew her own plants raided by police

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A terminally ill medical cannabis patient in the U.K. has avoided jail after dozens of police raided her home and destroyed the plants she was growing for medicine. Lisa Middleton, 44, had five mature plants and a couple dozen seedlings planted when 10 police cars arrived at her home early on an April morning in 2018, reports Yorkshire Live. Access to medical cannabis for U.K. patients under threat due to Brexit Researchers at Miami University awarded a US$1.5 million grant to expedite neuropsychiatric drug development Harvard study suggests cannabis is effective treatment option for managing chronic pain Middleton lives with several chronic conditions. A self-employed hairdresser, she said her finances were strained after the landlord of the building where she rented for her hair salon said she had to leave on short notice. Middleton started growing her own cannabis as a means to reduce costs. The plants had only been in the soil a few weeks before her home was raided. “I’ve used cannabis for medical purposes, to help with pain management, mental health and circulation, for the last five years,” Middleton said. “I wouldn’t be able to function without it, and there is no legal alternative available to me. I started growing because suddenly I had no money and it felt safer than buying it.” After the raid, Middleton was released under investigation and had to wait 20 months until she was formally charged with production of a Class B drug. During that time, she said she was in a constant state of fear as she faced up to six years imprisonment. In the end, Middleton received an 18-month suspended sentence and said her life has been turned upside down by the charges. “What I did was entirely victimless. I am disgusted that I am apparently a criminal.” Middleton…

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