Medicinal Cannabis (Pain & Sleep)
am female, 58 years old and quadraplegic as a result
of a car accident at 25 years old. I am also a non practising
SRN. I use cannabis resin before I go to bed to help
deal with severe chronic pain and to give me some sleep.
I have tried all the legally prescribed drugs and none
work. I am very worried about being caught.
the police, who seem quite keen here, find me, can you
recommend a local solicitor who would support me if
any court case ensued. I am really sick to death of
being classed as a criminal.
found you website in the Sunday Observer and it was
such a relief.
your query, for solicitors near you please check out
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are also listed in Yellow Pages. Talk to a few solicitors
(most will offer a free initial consultation) before
selecting the firm which you consider most appropriate
to your needs.
also need the support of your own doctor, and should
discuss your use of medication before, rather than after,
being arrested (if it happens).
have been involved in a number of recent cases where
people using cannabis for demonstrable medicinal purposes
have been acquitted by juries. The most notable of these
was Mr Colin Davies, who was represented by Mr Orme
of Counsel and Mortons solicitors of Manchester, and
received nationwide publicity at the time, after twice
being acquitted of cannabis possession and cultivation
charges by Manchester juries.
and/or growing cannabis is still illegal, if the amount
is more than would be considered 'personal' (e.g growing
plants) then you could even face intent to supply charges.
However if you are arrested the police can decide whether
or not to charge you, and unless you accept a caution
(which creates a criminal record) the CPS would then
decide whether or not to prosecute you.
particular, the CPS need to satisfy themselves (a) that
the case has at least 51% chance of conviction and (b)
that a prosecution would be in the public interest.
UK law, jury acquittals do not set legal precedents,
so the defence of 'duress of circumstances' has not
been tested in the higher courts. However, such a precedent
could be set if a judicial review were to be sought
of the CPS decision to prosecute in a test case.
a decision would not involve a specific change in the
law from Parliament, although the issue does appear
to be gaining growing support from politicians