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PostSubject: Free from pain but not prosecution   Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:55 am

Free from pain but not prosecution.

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Sarah
Martin uses cannabis to ease her pain

Multiple sclerosis patient Sarah Martin believes cannabis is the
best way to liberate herself from the daily pain she endures.
says just half a teaspoon in a hot drink will keep her pain-free and
spasm-free for about three hours. She also uses a vaporizer to ingest
the drug. But by obtaining the much sought after relief which
enables her to walk a little more easily once her muscles have "freed
up", she becomes a criminal. She chooses not to take any regular -
and legal - medication, maintaining it would give her side effects such
as high blood pressure, ulcers and even the risk of heart failure and

Ms Martin says her muscles "free up" after using
cannabis in a vaporizer

Ms Martin, who lives just outside Birmingham, told BBC Inside Out
West Midlands that she wants the law to be changed so she can take
cannabis free from the fear of prosecution. Multiple sclerosis is
a degenerative disease of the central nervous system and symptoms
include a loss of balance and bouts of paralysis which can eventually
lead to the person with the condition ending up in a wheelchair. "When
I wake up in the morning my knees, my ankles, I have all these muscles
pull my leg to the left so I find it hard to walk straight," she said. "With
cannabis these symptoms recede to a point where I can walk OK-ish.

I just don't want to take the route of taking 13 pills a day when I
can just use one medicine - cannabis - and I feel fantastic using it

Sarah Martin

"I want politicians to be nice to me... I'm sick." With the
possible side effect of psychosis one aspect that Ms Martin says stops
her from taking legal medication, how much of an issue is it from taking
cannabis? Professor Glynn Lewis, from the University of Bristol,
said studies suggested that people who regularly smoke the drug double
the risk of psychosis, although it is still uncommon - perhaps affecting
2 or 3% of users in their whole lifetime. However, the legal
status of cannabis is different in other parts of the world with more
and more countries, and 13 US states, allowing the prescription of the
drug. 'Illicit market'As part of her research, Ms
Martin visited Amsterdam where medicinal cannabis is available with a
prescription although she was unable to get any because she has not
taken legal medication in the UK. "I just don't want to take the
route of taking 13 pills a day when I can just use one medicine -
cannabis - and I feel fantastic using it," she said. "I'd rather
take the risk of breaking the law than go through that." And
remaining a criminal is what Ms Martin is facing, as government adviser
Baroness Finlay has said it is unlikely herbal cannabis will be made
available on the NHS.

Ms Martin says she is not put off using cannabis
after her research

She cited quality and dose control and leakage into the illicit
market as the main issues. Lady Finlay said: "You can look at
other countries and say: 'They do that, why can't we do that here?'. "But
you have to look at it in the context of the whole healthcare system,
the regulation system and the philosophy of the society in which they
are operating." But Ms Martin still believes cannabis is the best
treatment for her condition. "I've not been put off cannabis for
my illness because I've done all the relevant research available in
other countries. "Cannabis has a very strong medicinal value that
can be a benefit to a great many people if it's made available."
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PostSubject: Re: Free from pain but not prosecution   Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:04 pm

Respect to you Sarah.
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