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Letter: Cannabis Has A Medicinal Role

Alun Buffry

Evening News, Norwich

Thursday 02 Dec 2010

I was pleased to read about the successful medicinal cannabis trials at James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth ("Success of Norfolk hospital’s cannabis trials highlighted", Evening News, Nov 25).

Dr William Notcutt announced “It is not just its use in pain relief that is exciting. It is possible drugs could be developed from cannabis as anti-inflammatories and even to treat certain types of cancer.”

This is yet more evidence that proves the medicinal value of cannabis yet the Government still insist that cannabis is a dangerous drug with no medicinal value and Schedule it as such within the Misuse of Drugs Regulations.

The cultivation of cannabis, even for one's own use to relieve dreadful symptoms of some terrible ailments and injuries, still carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, and simple possession one of five.

Over the last decade or so there have been numerous reports of medicinal value form scientists and academics along with hundreds of testimonials from individuals.

The last Government refused to listen to its own Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) regarding the classification of cannabis in law, leading to the sacking of it's chair, Prof David Nutt and resignation of many other Committee members.

When will the Government acknowledge the medicinal value of the plant itself instead of handing over to the pharmaceutical companies that are making a cannabis-extract in alcohol - Sativex - which many health authorities are refusing to patients because it is too expensive. meanwhile the almost free-to-grow plant is still banned.

Alun Buffry

Ref: Success of Norfolk hospital's cannabis trials highlighted




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