House to a terminally sick medical hashish affected person who grew her personal crops and was ambushed by the police
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“Without them I would not be able to function and I have no legal alternative.”
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“I have used cannabis for medicinal purposes for the past five years to help with pain management, mental health and the circulatory system,” said Middleton. “Without them I would not be able to function and I have no legal alternative. I started to grow because suddenly I was out of money and it felt safer than buying it. “
Following the raid, Middleton was released on investigation and had to wait 20 months before being officially contracted to manufacture a Class B drug. During this time, she said she was in constant fear when faced with a prison sentence of up to six years.
In the end, Middleton received an 18-month suspended sentence and said her life was turned upside down by the charges. “What I did was completely without sacrifice. I am disgusted that I seem to be a criminal. “
Middleton is now also forced to rely on the illegal market again.
“If you are a single woman with health problems, you are putting yourself at serious risk every time you have to go to someone’s home, usually a man, to buy cannabis. They don’t know who they are or what it’s about. You are in their hands and you don’t know if you will get out alive and I have to do that now, ”she said.
Middleton was diagnosed with heart failure in 2017 and has other conditions including back pain, radial dysplasia, severe spondylosis, and circulatory problems.
In addition to the suspended sentence, Middleton must complete a 20-day rehabilitation program and 100 hours of community service.
Medical cannabis is legal in the UK, but access remains a challenge as the National Health Service offers very few prescriptions. Even those who get a prescription are faced with exorbitant prices and a general lack of product choice.
The problem has worsened since Brexit.
British prescriptions are no longer recognized in the European Union, and families who have traveled to the Netherlands to fill cannabis prescriptions at affordable prices have had to find alternatives.
“What makes me really angry is the lack of time, empathy and care,” said Hannah Deacon, mother of Alfie Dingley, the first patient in the UK to receive a permanent medical cannabis license, earlier this year.
“My son is taking a drug that works for him. Why should they take that away? “
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