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Reponse: Legalisation of cannabis for medical use.

March 2, 2018

I look forward to standing beside many of my Labour colleagues in support of the Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill when it comes before the House of Commons for a second reading, which I now understand has been postponed to Friday 6 July.

In light of the recent publicity surrounding the family of Alfie Dingley, a little boy whose rare form of epilepsy is only treatable with cannabis oil, I hope that compassion can be shown to those suffering in this way. As Paul Flynn MP said in relation to Alfie during a debate in the House Chamber on 20 February, “We would have to have a heart of stone if any of our children or grandchildren were in this position and we were told by a stubborn bureaucracy that they had to turn blue up to 30 times a day and have seizures because our law says that that is the situation.”

The Home Secretary’s previous denial of an exception allowing for doctors to prescribe Alfie medical cannabis is unacceptable. That this Government is blocking the medication that would relieve Alfie of his suffering—the same medication that could alleviate the pain of those living with MS—is a disgrace.

It is wrong to force those suffering from chronic pain or seizures to make a choice between suffering a life of pain while acting within the confines of the law or breaking the law and feeling relief.

When the bill comes before the House of Commons I will fully support it. I hope that you will continue your campaign to achieve the objectives of the bill and I will continue to give my backing.

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