The reputation of cannabis as a medicine, particularly for treating the symptoms of chronic conditions and the failure of prescription medicines to relieve their symptoms, has led patients to try herbal cannabis even though access to it is not lawful. But as long as the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes remains illegal, our citizens, many in agonising pain, remain at the mercy of dealers.
An expert review found 'good evidence' that cannabis oil can help with chronic pain, muscle spasms often associated with multiple sclerosis, and the management of anxiety, nausea and vomiting, particularly when caused as a side-effect of chemotherapy.
There are thousands in agonising pain who are hoping against hope that we will speak up and act for them. These people need practical support. They deserve our compassion and support, not potential criminal records or a lifetime of pain. The Green Party made a submission to the National Drugs Strategy recommending the decriminalisation of cannabis.