The Scotsman reports on the overwhelming support given to medical cannabis at the SNP delegate’s National Conference in Glasgow.
A patient advocating for the treatment of multiple sclerosis with cannabis wins an overwhelming vote at the SNP Conference 2016
The motion in favor of decriminalization of medicinal cannabis was backed by an overwhelming vote after a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Laura Brennan-Whitefield spoke. She called on the party to show compassion and common sense.
Laura said she is not advocating for marijuana to be smoked, but is asking for a progressive and reasonable society, which is compassionate, and allows access to cannabis as pain relief.
She said she has been living with multiple sclerosis for nine years, and her being able to stand in front of the audience addressing them means she is very lucky.
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Many MS patients use cannabis
She explained that it has become clear to her over the years that many people who suffer from MS use cannabis to help them cope with the symptoms of the disease, and that it is one of the worst-kept secrets in hospitals.
All these MS sufferers risk a criminal record, or up to five years for possession of the Class B drug. Anyone caught being involved in supplying or producing it can face up to 14 years imprisonment.
In many countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Finland, Germany, Romania, Chile and some states in the US, medicinal cannabis is legal to patients who qualify, and MS would be a qualifying condition.