MP calls for rethink on cannabis use
A Westcountry MP has questioned whether cannabis should be available on the NHS to ease the pain of those suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Oliver Colvile, Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said in the House of Commons a constituent suffering from the debilitating illness would like to use the drug for medical reasons.
In response, Tom Brake, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons said a cannabis-derived mouth spray has been licensed as an add-on treatment for moderate to MS sufferers, and could be more widely available as treatment from next year. It is illegal to possess, cultivate or supply cannabis in the UK.
In Business of the House Questions, Mr Colvile said he was raising the issue for Stuart Wyatt, a constituent who suffers from MS, who said "he and many others would like to use cannabis for medical reasons".
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Mr Colvile added: "Although I do not think that we should legalise cannabis at all, I do recognise that the pain of some who suffer from MS and other neurological conditions could be relieved by it."
He is calling for a ministerial statement on the drug's use in relieving pain and as a prescription.