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UK: No regrets' in cannabis case

Sunil Peck

Disability Now February edition

Friday 26 Jan 2007

A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) says she has no regrets about
supplying cannabis to other people affected by the condition, despite
being found guilty of conspiring to supply the drug and facing a
possible prison sentence.

Lezley Gibson was due to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court along with
her husband, Mark, and a friend, as DN went to press. The Gibsons
produced more than 20,000 chocolate bars containing cannabis and sent
them to people with MS, if they provided proof they had the condition.

Mrs Gibson said that before she started using cannabis, she was unable
to see, talk, or use the right side of her body.

She added: “My only crime is wanting to be well and help other people
when there isn’t anything else available.”

Matthew Trainer, a spokes­man for the MS Society, would not endorse the
illegal use of cannabis, but said: “There are very, very few licensed
alternatives, so it’s important to keep pushing for further research
into the use of cannabis extracts for the treatment of neuropathic pain.”

He added: “There is a demand among people with MS for anything that can
help relieve neuropathic pain.”

Alun Buffry, a spokesman for the Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA), said:
“We are appalled that the law would allow such a conviction, because
they haven’t exactly hurt anybody; they’ve helped a large number of people.”

Mr Buffry added that 69 people had signed a petition on the LCA’s
website implicating themselves as co-conspirators in the case.




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