Medical marijuana has become more accessible in the United States and other countries, including Canada, Germany, and Israel to name a few. However, there are still countries fighting to gain access to medical marijuana, particularly, the United Kingdom (UK.)
End Our Pain
As of today, as many as 1 million people across the UK are suffering from painful conditions and rely on cannabis for medicinal purposes. For many of these people, the traditional medicines that are available to them are not as effective as cannabis.
UK citizens have had to risk breaking the law in order to get the treatment they need, and that poses a serious problem. The UK campaign, End Our Pain, has been the paving the way toward legalizing medical marijuana for patients across the UK.
The campaign argues that these people who need the appropriate medicine, in this case cannabis, are not criminals. These people are sick patients who are just looking to find some sort of relief. Comedian and actor Russell Brand, as well as philanthropist and investor Sir Richard Branson have tweeted about the issue, encouraging people in the UK to show their support for access to medical marijuana.
How does the UK view cannabis?
A report by Val Curran, professor of Psychopharmacology at University College London, one of Britain’s leading experts on the benefits of medical cannabis, has brought up this nation-wide dilemma to the British government, urging them to relax their laws on medicinal cannabis.
The big issue here is that cannabis is in Schedule 1 under UK medical regulation. With cannabis being a Schedule 1 drug, it’s classified as having zero medical benefits. Even though there is a substantial amount of evidence that shows how cannabis can provide relief for several medical conditions, as long as it remains in Schedule 1, patients will have to look elsewhere for their medicine.
Val Curran argued that, “Patients are suffering unnecessarily and others in great pain are traveling abroad to find the cannabis they need to ease their symptoms. All this could change by moving cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, thus recognising the medicinal value of the drug.”
It’s unfortunate that so many people who are suffering from conditions such as; multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, and the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer are denied access to medical marijuana, a simple treatment that can go a long, long way.
We need to educate people on the medical benefits of cannabis so that laws like these can be passed on a more global scale. These people are your grandmother, uncle, or brother. These people are not criminals. Show your support today by signing the End Our Pain petition and help millions of people in the UK gain access to the medicine that they need.
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