Cannabis oil: parents and cancer victims crimialzied for using medical marijuana
What would you do to help your ill child? Would you give her cannabis oil? Louise Bostock, 30, gave the tincture to her three-year-old daughter Jayla. The child suffers from epileptic fits. Mrs Bostock thought the cannabis oil would help. It did.
The Sun reports:
When Louise told nurses [about the oil], she was prevented from removing Jayla from Birmingham Children’s Hospital for five days while they did tests. She and site manager fiancé Charisma Agbonlahor… were told police would be called if they did not comply.
Tests seem not unfair. But what was being tested? Says Mrs Bostock:
“I wasn’t even allowed to take her outside for fresh air… It was heart-breaking.”
Birmingham City Council is given the right to reply:
“When concerns are raised by health professionals, Birmingham Children’s Services has a responsibility to investigate.”
The BBC has more news on cannabis oil:
A County Tyrone man who has a terminal brain tumour says he wants to be allowed to use cannabis oil that he believes will prolong his life. Kieran McCrory, 37, from Omagh, has asked the health minister for help in highlighting his case. It is illegal in the UK to use cannabis for medicinal purposes as it is a class B drug.
Ridiculous. Mr McCrory says:
“I’m sick of being sick and tired of being tired. And I’m reading that cannabis oil could help, but I can’t get it. The medication I’m on now is strong anti-seizure medication. I want to get off that and get my own mind back. Please listen to me. Even if we can just start a debate. We have to stand up and be adults. We can be responsible and talk about this.”
The department of health spokesman just wants to maintain control:
“The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulates medicines in the UK. The MHRA will only grant a marketing authorisation for a product once it is satisfied that it is safe, effective and of an acceptable quality for use in the UK. Licensing authority has not been provided for any other cannabis or cannabis-based product, and therefore they cannot be made available cancer treatment.”
The Home Office adds:
“We take an evidence-based approach to tackling the use and supply of drugs, and they are illegal where scientific and medical analysis has shown they are harmful to human health.”
So do more tests. And don’t create a world where an ill man who seeks help is turned into a criminal.