Should cannabis be legalised for medicinal reasons?

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It’s a debate that continues to court controversy.

The Australian parliament passed new national laws last week paving the way for the use of medicinal cannabis by people with painful and chronic illness.

A campaign to legalise the medical use of cannabis in the UK is being launched amid warnings that up to 1.1 million people across Britain are currently breaking the law by taking the drug to combat the pain of chronic conditions.

The drive, called End Our Pain, coincides with a Coronation Street storyline focusing on the issue, and is being supported by the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and senior politicians from all parties.

Campaigners hope to attract hundreds of thousands of signatures for a petition backing the move, with the aim of forcing a Commons debate on legalising medicinal cannabis.

Estimates of the number of people in the UK who use cannabis for medical reasons range between 861,000 and 1.15 million.

Supporters of legalisation believe they will receive widespread support after millions of television viewers watched the plight of the Coronation Street character, Izzy Armstrong, who is a wheelchair user. She begins to suffer such severe pain that her regular prescription medicine cannot tackle it and in desperation resorts to cannabis.

But what do you think? Should cannabis be decriminalised for medical use? If it was legalised for medical purpose and pain control, would you use it? Do you feel strongly about how cannabis would be controlled even if it was only legalised for medicinal purposes?

Should cannabis be legalised for medicinal reasons?

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deffay
19th Jun 2016
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I don't really know enough to comment on this, but I was very taken with the Coronation Street storyline and really believe people in such pain should be helped and if Cannibis does it, then help them !
sharpey
27th Apr 2016
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my little girl 47 as ms nothing helps her on the nhs they use cannabis in wales and and seems to help the illness why not in England. in makes a grown man cry when is little girl can not walk.
mickigirl
20th Apr 2016
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I too am torn by this issue. I know people where the medicinal use of cannabis in a long and excruciating illness has given profound relief. i also know of folk who have smoked it recreationally for years, and it has rendered them almost incapable of leading productive lives. The just eat a lot and give up on everything. The motivation is taken away from them. It's very sad to see. So that's why I am torn on this subject.
sharpey
27th Apr 2016
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see some one close with m s u will not be torn
Trampas1955
17th Apr 2016
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Cannabis leads to mental problems in later life if smoked regularly.
sharpey
27th Apr 2016
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what do u think ms does to some one.
Barbara58
1st Apr 2016
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I haven't voted because I'm very torn by this issue.
I knew so many recreational users when I worked for an airline. When abroad they would become irritable, unpredictable and jumpy without their 'fix'.
I knew someone who smuggled it into Dubai - now if that's not a case of addiction I don't know what is.
A friend suffers really badly from restless leg syndrome and is desperate for it to be legally prescribed on the NHS.
I take (with my GP's knowledge) between 6 & 9 painkillers a day, but I would never take Cannabis, ever!
Steve Skipper
25th Mar 2016
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I believe that it should be legalized. Possibly dealt with in a similar way to the way Ketamine is and that is it can only be prescribed through Pain Clinics and only got from Hospital Pharmacies.
Pussk2
24th Mar 2016
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On balance, no. I know someone who is in constant pain and has used cannabis in the past but gave up as her son was a cannabis user and he would steal hers. He is addicted and she dare not have it in the house.
katman76
18th Mar 2016
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I worked for many years supporting people who amongst other issues we're cannabis users. There were very few if any who did not develop mental health issues.
Alicia
15th Mar 2016
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Is there any information on the long term effects of using it?
HJR58
12th Mar 2016
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I believe it can relieve pain in certain chronic medical conditions. In these circumstances people should be able to buy and use it without fear of prosecution. How would it be supplied though?
wiffler
12th Mar 2016
3
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Make it legal, put it on the N.H.S. stop undesirables making money out of it.
Grannieannie1
10th Mar 2016
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Prior to my retirement I was involved in the care industry and dealt with several clients who had MS. I understand that canabis can relieve some of the symptoms. I am vey anti drug, but would support this but only under medical supervision
Lionel
9th Apr 2016
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Annie, I entirely agree with you. Have cared for several MS patients, and MN people and, if regulated by the NHS, it would make their lives more bearable.
cadge66
8th Mar 2016
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I think it should be made legal for medicinal purposes as I believe that in certain circumstances it does relieve the pain but the patient should be very carefully monitored.
kattie75
7th Mar 2016
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I have no personal experience of the pain relief but it supposed to ease pain an keeps you alert or so I'm told and if all these things are true I think it should be legalised medically I would use it for my pain
Fiona b
6th Mar 2016
5
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I definately think cannabis should be used for pain relief in medicine. Under control by the medical bodies and not given out to anyone .
mazz
5th Mar 2016
6
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For medicinal purposes it would be an advantage especially for pain relief.
keithknapman
5th Mar 2016
6
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Strictly legalised for pain but not as a general use for all
nikki 12
4th Mar 2016
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cannabis has very good healing elements to it apart from the pain relief . legalising it maybe not its carcinogenic , not sure making it legal maynot be the way to go ???
pauline young
3rd Mar 2016
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Why not, anything that eases pain and allows a bit of normality in life can't be all that bad !
Gislaine
3rd Mar 2016
6
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People in pain should be allowed to use it. As others have stated many drugs used on NHS prescription are addictive. Young people should not have access - only for medicinal use -some control should be put in place.
jamimagran
3rd Mar 2016
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It should never have been illegalised in the first place. Back in the 1920's when The U.S. realized that caucasians had started using heroin etc they criminalised all narcotics. The U.K. followed suit. Up until that time cannabis could be purchased in corner shops. Queen Victoria used it regularly for menstrual problems. It's high time (excuse the pun) that the powers that be saw sense and changed the law. After all alcohol is legal and causes a lot more illness, violence, accidents and dementia than cannabis could ever do.
magic25
3rd Mar 2016
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I feel the bigger problem is how easy it is to get prescription drugs now,some GP's give out prescriptions and repeat prescriptions far to easily. I think cannabis should be available for medical reasons but we need to tighten up how prescriptions are given.
jaygee
5th Mar 2016
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I agree with this entirely. Whilst people should not have to take illegal drugs to ease their pain the prescriptions (not for just cannabis) need greater monitoring. The way prescriptions are issued needs tightening up generally. Many people on repeat prescriptions stockpile some of their medications. Have you got any in your cupboard?
notebook1
3rd Mar 2016
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I've been on oxycontin for 12years and it does nothing for me asked my doctor if I could use cannabis oil he said no it's not leagle but I'm seriously thinking about it they say its less dangerous than opoids
john stewart
3rd Mar 2016
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ive seen damage drugs do. very reluuctant to make them legal. They ruin young lives. Maybe for medical use under strict control. all this freethinking idea is evil
jeanmark
10th Mar 2016
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The problem is all drugs, including 'over the counter' medicines may cause harm at any age but I would agree there has to be control (already referred to as Controlled Drugs). I have worked with people, again of all ages, who have an addiction problem and some of these addictions are from medical prescribed drugs but do not necessarily fall under the Controlled Drug Schedule. I'm not sure what you mean by "this free thinking idea is evil", since when has free thought been evil?
lizfid3
2nd Mar 2016
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How can it be wrong to allow pain relief to someone who is suffering? Many of the drugs produced by the big pharmaceutical companies are dangerously addictive after a very short period of use and must do as much, if not more, damage to people than cannabis ever would.
celtwitch
2nd Mar 2016
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An old gentleman just down the road from where I live has been growing marijuana for years without ever realising it: he thought they were coconut saplings!
One day his greenhouse heater short circuited and caught fire, by the time the fire bobbies arrived the entire street were as high as a kite. The chief fire officer commented that the old boy was the happiest fire victim he had ever encountered!
joan boakes
2nd Mar 2016
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I feel sure that there are no worse side effects from canabis than from a lot of the prescription drugs designed to alleviate pain. Anything that helps should be legally available.As for addiction many prescription drugs are addictive and very difficult to come off.
Kes
1st Mar 2016
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I also agree that it should be legalised for medical purposes only. If it is something that can alleviate pain and misery and give those that suffer a better quality of life, then why not. If it does eventually get legalised, then I wonder how it would work. Would individuals be sourcing and buying it themselves and self medicating. I can't see it being NHS funded especially if NICE have anything to do with it. Let's hope it gets debated at least.
jeanmark
2nd Mar 2016
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NICE may allow it to be NHS funded if there was sufficient evidence that it would benefit the many rather than the few. With estimates of the number of people in the UK who use cannabis for medical reasons ranging between 861,000 and 1.15 million NICE may consider the benefits out way the cost, particularly if the use of other pain relieving medicines for these people was reduced.
Wilf
1st Mar 2016
5
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I think it definitely should be to help people who are in pain and need some comfort. The sooner the better. It cannot be that difficult to get it made law
Nannajan1
1st Mar 2016
6
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if it helps put people out of their pain im all for it,ordinary pain killers dont work for some people.
Jo Kingham
1st Mar 2016
4
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I think anything that helps people who are suffering should be allowed - so I would say yes we should allow it for medicinal reasons. Those that want to use it for recreational purposes will get hold of it one way or another anyway!

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