Article by Elianna Lev, Lift News
British business titan and Virgin founder Richard Branson is now using his vast platform to call for fundamental reform “to end the failed global war on drugs.”
In a blog post titled “Time to end the pain and suffering,” posted on the Virgin website, Branson stresses that dire change is needed when it comes to the debate around medical cannabis.
“For millions living with chronic disease and often excruciating pain, having access to cannabis products can mean the difference between daily, debilitating suffering and reclaiming some control over their lives,” he writes.
The post appears to have been sparked by the case of Alfie Dingley, a seven-year-old from Warwickshire, who suffers from severe epilepsy. After the boy was given CBD oil, his condition improved dramatically. Since the treatment is illegal in the UK, Alfie’s family has to travel to Holland so he can access it. In an attempt to shift the country’s legislation, the boy and his family have set a meeting with members of parliament for March 20th, to present a petition with 350,000 signatures.
Branson, who is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, writes that no family should have to go through such loopholes for the well-being of their child.