Article by Heledd Pritchard, Wales Online
A woman with multiple sclerosis is calling on the Welsh Government to legalise cannabis as a form of medication.
Sue Cox, 64, from Cwmbran , experiences pain and spasms daily and has taken cannabis over the years to help alleviate her pain.
She has now set up a Facebook group, Cannabis4MSinWales , asking the Welsh Government to make cannabis legal for medicinal use for people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) and other conditions.
It comes after the Irish Government passed a bill to make cannabis available for medicinal use and other countries, including Germany, have passed a law legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
The Scottish National Party’s conference last year backed the decriminalisation of cannabis for medicinal use in Scotland.
In the UK cannabis is classed as a class B drug and possession of the drug could result in a prison sentence of up to five years or an unlimited fine.
Sue said: “I’ve tried cannabis over the years. I know it’s illegal and I’m risking prosecution but it has helped me to manage the pain and spasms I have.
“Knowing where to get it has been a problem. I don’t want to be going to a dodgy drug dealer at the street corner – I don’t know where it has come from and I don’t know what’s in it either.
“The Welsh Government was the first country in the UK to approve the cannabis based drug Sativex which is fantastic for people who can get it but it’s not available to everyone who needs it.
“People with MS face a daily struggle to manage our symptoms and if the governments in Ireland, Germany, and Canada can legalise cannabis for medicinal use, surely the Welsh Government can do the same. It is possible.”