Pubdate: Fri, 25 Jul 2003
Source: Evening News (UK)
Copyright: 2003 Archant Regional
Author: June Rose
Note: No headline in original; headline by MAP newshawk.
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


MUCH research is going on to prove that the cannabis plant can be of help 
in relieving the symptoms of some long-term illnesses.

Some people who have these illnesses have resorted to growing cannabis for 
use in relieving symptoms, and have, under present laws, been prosecuted.

It has been proved, also, that there are dangers in long-term use of 
cannabis.  It can cause mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and 
depression, in as little as three years of regular use.

There needs, however, to be a solution to this problem of availability of 
this drug to those in greatest need: legalising cannabis could open the 
floodgates to trafficking and abuse.

I understand that the medical world is doing its own research on the drug 

Perhaps when tests are finalised, cannabis, in some form, could be made 
available on a doctor's prescription for those who can benefit from its 
use, and where dosage, etc, could be carefully monitored.

June Rose, Tolhouse Road, Norwich
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