CANNABIS should be legalised – that’s according to a multiple sclerosis sufferer who has had enough of buying it on the street to relieve his pain.
In 2009, 43-year-old Indigo Hawk was diagnosed with MS and doctors suspected he had in fact suffered from it for 23 years.
A cannabis substitute, the tongue spray Sativex, was prescribed to him by his GP when he lived in Totnes.
This relieved Indigo’s MS pain, cramps and excruciating spasms – which he can suffer every hour.
But he now 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.