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Devon MS victim pleads: Make cannabis legal for medical use

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

Indigo Hawk

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A Devon multiple sclerosis sufferer is pleading to be allowed to use medical cannabis so he no longer has to buy it illegally on the street.

Indigo Hawk, 43, was diagnosed with MS in 2009, with the indication that he had suffered from the condition for some 23 years.

When he lived in Totnes his GP prescribed the tongue spray Sativex, a cannabis substitute.

This relieved Mr Hawk’s MS pain, cramps and excruciating spasms - which he can suffer every hour.

But, now he lives in Down St Mary, near Crediton, and his GP will not prescribe the treatment.

Instead he has to travel to Totnes or Bristol to buy cannabis from dealers, at £10 a gramme, which he is able to use in his own vapouriser.

“I hate doing buying from dealers and I don’t want to do it but there is no alternative," he said.

"I don’t get high on cannabis and I have never taken it for recreational use. I use it solely to relieve the pain and spasms so that I can lead some sort of normal life with a better quality of life – that’s all I want.”

“ I’m not able to legally medicate myself. It’s such a hassle and expense to get hold of my medication, it would make my life so much easier if I could get my medicine legally. Cannabis is the only thing that works for me and it’s the only reason I'm not in a wheel chair.”

Last month Mr Hawk helped set up the United Patients’ Alliance which is campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis for medical use in the UK.

The campaign received a high-profile boost last week when Government’s drugs minister, Norman Baker, suggested liberalised drug laws should be introduced to legalise the widespread use of cannabis to relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions

Amid concerns that “credible people” were having to break the law to secure the only substance that can help to relieve their condition, Liberal Democrat Mr Baker wrote to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to call for a review of the medicinal properties of cannabis.

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