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Lichfield MP makes fresh call to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes

Lichfield’s MP has reiterated his call for cannabis to be legalised for medical use.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant made his comments during a debate in the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP has previously raised the case of Burntwood woman Vicky Clarke who has multiple sclerosis. Her husband, Andy, discovered that cannabis was effective at reducing her pain – but found himself investigated by police as a result.

The role of medicinal cannabis has been brought to the fore once more following the story of Alfie Dingley, a six-year-old from Kenilworth who suffers from severe epilepsy.

Mr Fabricant said the latest high profile was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of patients who could benefit from a change in the law.

“There are thousands of people with these conditions,” he said.

“Vicky Clarke is now five stone in weight at St Giles Hospice, suffering from very final stages of multiple sclerosis. Her husband found that the only drug that alleviated pain was cannabis.

“Surely if a doctor says that cannabis is the only cure or the only way to alleviate pain, he should be legally allowed to prescribe that drug?”

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