PARLIAMENTARIAN for Clydebank and Milngavie has announced he is open to the use of cannabis for medicinal use.
Gil Paterson MSP explained he is sympathetic due to the scientific case and cited how opium is used both legally and illegally in morphine and heroin.
He has backed Clydebank’s MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, who this week said he would support the campaign for using cannabis as a medicine – End Our Pain, the Campaign to Legalise Access to Medical Cannabis in the UK
The scientific case shows cannabis can be used effectively for treating chronic pain, neuropathic pain, spasticity in various neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy and loss of appetite, especially in HIV and AIDS. Evidence is also emerging that it is helps with Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome and aspects of Parkinson’s disease.
Medical cannabis is used in many countries around the world, including Germany, Canada, 24 US states, Czech Republic and more.
Mr Paterson said: “If we are going to use morphine in medicine – opium, the main ingredient of heroin – we have to entertain the notion of using cannabis for medicinal purposes.
“I am not supporting the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use, as I believe using one drug lead to many of its users experimenting with harder, more unsafe drugs.
“I think Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has done the right thing is signing the MPs pledge, and if there were one for the MSPs I would certainly back it.”
Find out more about the campaign at www.endourpain.org.