Oxfordshire’s drugs campaigners have highlighted the case of Michelle X, the Abingdon multiple sclerosis sufferer who grew her own cannabis, as “the human cost” of Britain’s drug laws.
Lady Neidpath, Countess of Wemyss and March, also known as Amanda Feilding, founded drugs charity The Beckley Foundation 15 years ago.
She said: “This is a very clear example of a human cost, where a woman is being criminalised for treating her condition.
“Cannabis has been scientifically shown to be less harmful than tobacco or alcohol.
“I think Sativex (the trade name for a chemical compound found in cannabis) should be available across the board.
“It has been shown to help with MS and I think Ms X is a clear case of the fact that the current rules on controlled drugs do not serve the people.”
They serve me very well. Or would, if they were only enforced better. It’s a rare day on the District Line when I don’t get a whiff of eau de sillyweed.
One can only hope none of them are operating heavy machinery when they get to where they are going…
Ms X said: “I would like my doctor to be able to prescribe cannabis for me.
“It is so unfair that there is a product out there which helps me but I am not allowed to have it.”
Yes, it’s so unfair that the police insist on arresting kleptomaniacs when they steal, and sexsomniacs when they assault women in their sleep. They can’t ‘help it’ so they should get a free pass, right?
Clearly, even the MS sufferer’s advocates are having to grit their teeth at the constant whinging of the wannabe potheads:
Stephen Trousse, a spokesman for the MS Trust, said: “We appreciate the frustration of people with MS who feel they are being denied a potentially useful treatment.
“We believe that people with MS should have access to safe, effective and licensed treatments for their symptoms on the NHS, rather than feeling they have to find solutions outside of the law.”
And, it seems, it isn’t even the sure-fire solution that the activists claim anyway:
However, MS sufferer and Summertown resident Tim Treuherz, who paid £240 for a private prescription for Sativex, said he stopped using the drug.
The 55-year-old said: “Different things work for different people. I tried Sativex for a period of months but I don’t use it anymore because of its side-effects.
“Sativex did ease the pain but the side-effects were too much. There was a lack of ability to concentrate on anything.
But… (well, you knew there should be one, right?)
“But at the moment some people cannot afford it and I think it should be rolled out across the country on the NHS.”
Well, good luck getting it through NICE!