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Davey: Government must look at evidence on medicinal use of cannabis

March 3, 2018 10:13 AM
By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

The Government's refusal to grant a licence for the medicinal use of cannabis to 6 year old Alfie Dingley has been in the news this week. His mother says that when he was given the drug in the Netherlands, under the supervision of paediatricians there, his Epilepsy improved.

Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)Ed Davey called on the Government to look at the evidence and listening to those who know what they are talking about.

The government's refusal to consider allowing the use of cannabis for medicinal purpose is criminalising people who simply need to alleviate chronic pain.

A growing number of our European neighbours and other countries around the world now recognise the benefits of medicinal cannabis.

The government must put aside their preconceptions on this issue, and instead start looking at the evidence and listening to the views of patients and experts.

This afternoon, Ed was able to extract a promise from the Minster to meet campaign groups:

The Minister replied:

Christine Jardine highlighted differences between what the Tories are saying north and south of the border:

"it is time for a comprehensive, UK wide review…and for Parliament to look to reform access to cannabis for medical and scientific purposes"?

Does he recognise that there is widespread support in all parties?