Medical cannabis was legalised a year ago, yet for those in pain nothing has changed


This time last year, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) were given a glimmer of hope when it became legal for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis. Those hopes have been sorely dashed, as a whole year has passed and we still don’t know of a single person with MS who has benefited. MS is relentless, painful and disabling, and evidence shows that cannabis could help around 10,000 people with this condition who experience pain and muscle spasms, and haven’t responded to other treatments. Unfortunately, barriers to doctors prescribing the drug mean they must continue to struggle, with no way to manage their symptoms. Rhona was diagnosed with MS in 1994. A few years ago, she discovered that infusing cannabis in a daily cup of tea helped ease her symptoms, improving her cognition and muscular control. Although cannabis helped her greatly, she hated handing money to a criminal. She also had no guarantee of the strength, purity or quality of what she was buying. Rhona has now lost touch with her drug dealer, and she

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