Dunbartonshire MP backs campaign to legalise medical cannabis
Martin Docherty-Hughes said it is a “disgrace” that people in West Dunbartonshire are living with chronic pain that could be eased by marijuana they cannot access legally.
A West Dunbartonshire MP has added his voice to a campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis.
SNP’s Martin Docherty-Hughes is backing the End Our Pain campaign to make the drug legal for use by patients across the UK.
He said it is a “disgrace” that many in West Dunbartonshire are living with chronic pain that could be eased by marijuana they cannot access legally.
The MP said: “The medical benefits of cannabis are well known and hundreds of millions of people around the world have safe and legal access to medical marijuana.
“It’s a disgrace in the 21st century that my constituents, living with chronic pain from conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and avascular necrosis have to choose between suffering and breaking the law.
“More and more law makers are waking up and recognising the benefits medicinal cannabis can bring, not only as a remedy for pain but as a potential treatment for other conditions including therapy resistant glaucoma, epilepsy, anxiety and to counter the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.”
Mr Docherty-Hughes added: “Medical cannabis is controlled to a high standard internationally wherever it is available and we can do the same thing in the UK; it would be a prescription controlled medication.
“What we cannot do is allow outdated attitudes to prevail while people are suffering, and I am delighted to pledge my support for the legalisation of cannabis as a treatment option for doctors and their patients.
“I will be encouraging colleagues to pledge their support and I hope that a change in the law will not be too far off.”