Not on all fours with your piece, Matt, but I'll say my piece.
This whole issue is criminal. Cannabis, the plant, is less harmful than alcohol; its first recorded use was 2727 BC, it is impossible to overdose because unlike these dreadful synthetics, it’s not toxic: indeed, cannabis has documented medicinal qualities; its pain relieving powers are uncontroversial, now legalised in 35 US states. I have a friend, 39 years old, being treated for bone cancer, and for whom cannabis has proven the best substance at helping to manage his pain, which is considerable, and yet on top of all his issues, he has to risk criminal prosecution to source, and meaning it is not being managed in conjunction with the cocktail of legal drugs being administered.
Inhumane and insane. I would like to see Minister Dunne face up to him and explain why he is allowed no legal recourse to cannabis for his pain relief.
The fact natural cannabis is not, at the very least - forget the ethical argument for decriminalisation - in the pain treating arsenal of every hospital and hospice, is an indictment on our system of social democracy, and every minister who has held that portfolio. And returning to the current minister, on the advent of the current law change banning K2, but effectively setting the conditions for tortuous animal testing of these toxic synthetics for them to go on the market, when the plant they are trying to replicate is harmless, has me angry beyond words. He calls himself a liberal (huh?) democrat: as an animal lover, and freedom lover, I call him a barbaric ... (as I said, it's not polite to put it into words).
@markhubbard33 medicinal. Have used it myself for those purposes. Still not sure about decriminalisation
— Clare Curran (@clarecurranmp) May 2, 2013