‘Legalise my painkiller cannabis so I don’t have to buy it off the streets’

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A patient suffering in agony today makes an emotional plea to the Home Secretary to let her grow cannabis at home instead of buying street drugs to end her pain.

A patient suffering in agony today makes an emotional plea to the Home Secretary to let her grow cannabis at home instead of buying street drugs to end her pain.

Carly Barton, 32, was the first UK adult to get a private prescription but can’t afford £1,400 for legal supplies, and faces a stressful choice of scoring from a dealer or growing illegally.

Backed by 200 supporters, she wants Sajid Javid to change the law so she can grow her own medical supply of the drug safely, without the threat of a “heavy-handed” police bust.

Otherwise, like thousands of others, she is forced to spend £300 a month buying potentially toxic drugs from an intimidating street dealer.

Carly suffered a crippling stroke at 24 and was forced to end her studies in fine art sculpture at Brighton University because of agonising post-stroke neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

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