We asked some patients to answer the following question:
If consumption of your medicine was decriminalised, how would that impact your life?
I have spondylolisthesis, spinal fusion twice, chronic pain and major mobility problems since 1985.
The fear of arrest is horrible but my worst fear is having any of my cannabis destroyed, its the only medicine that has ever helped and I will be devastated and may just throw in the towel, the worry is also exhausting. To be able to legally use it at home would have a massive and fantastic impact on my life, I long for that day.
I had to stop taking opioids as they were no longer working for pain. I was still having the awful side affects. I could not function, I felt like I was a zombie. I could not think, talk or motivate myself. I also had weight gain from a size 6-8 all my life, becoming size 14-16. I couldn't cope mentally or emotionally with the weight gain, also physically the pain became worse and it became harder to walk and sleep with carrying the extra weight too. I know cannabis helped me years ago but I was arrested and now I am too scared to get it, I have too much to loose; my home, my son. I was accepted by medical cannabis clinic but can not afford the prices so I am stuck struggling and bed ridden most days. I am missing out on life, family and being a proper mum. I feel like a failure, living with the pain and knowing what could improve my life so much, but I cant do anything about it because of the fear.
EDS type 3 (loose joints, pain, stomach, bowel & bladder issues), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis & a failed spinal surgery.
It would be great not having to look over my shoulder, worry about the smell & the very real threat of losing my home because I’m a housing association tenant. It would mean I could medicate whenever & wherever I needed to. It would also make accessing it easier. Even better if I could just grow it too. I could reduce my prescription meds even further.
Rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis to the spine.
If this was removed the amount of stress that would be removed from my life would be night and day. I flare with my condition and stress can induce flares so it would be removing a factor that causes my condition to be worse . That in itself would be life changing.
I medicate for Endometriosis, IBS and Interstitial cystitis.
If it was legalised I'd be able to treat myself without the worry of getting another criminal record for possession and it would also reduce the anxiety that comes with being in possession of an illegal plant.
My condition would be far more manageable if the constant fear of arrest wasn't there, for sure.
Complex regional pain syndrome, anxiety and depression.
The fear of loosing my home and putting the family unit at great strain. I also feel the anxiety and depression would be greatly improved.
I suffer from several ailments, the most severe is Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a bony hardening of ligaments in areas where they attach to your spine.
My son suffers from Cluster headaches.
My daughter suffers from anxiety attacks and possibly ADHD (still being evaluated).
We all get relief from cannabis. For my son's Cluster headaches, cannabis is a god send! He gets instant relief. Vaping herbal cannabis gives me instant pain and stiffness relief.
I'm currently a medical cannabis patient with the Sapphire Clinic but it's very expensive! 10ml of 2% THC isolate is £90! 30ml of 50mg/ml of CBD oil is £125.
Legalising cannabis would be a huge relief for my family in so many ways; health, financial and mental.
I use cannabis to treat fibromyalgia.
I would be able to relax and be more open and honest about my consumption. In turn keeping me off addictive and harmful prescription drugs.I would love to be able to sit in my own garden and medicate. My partner also wouldn’t be scared my medication use could make her lose her job if I got caught.
Neuropathy, chronic pain, anxiety, ptsd, bpd.
If criminality was removed my life would be a lot less stressful, as finding legit suppliers, collecting meds, and possessing the meds incurs a lot of anxiety, especially as I have been caught twice now. Also, my job prospects would improve as there would be hopefully a strike off of possession convictions.
It would be a huge relief, I would stop worrying about that knock on the door. I wouldn't have to sneak about. I wouldn't have to explain myself all the time, my grandchildren and daughter wouldn't have had to see me and my husband being arrested by the police for wanting to be well. Our parents and grandparents wouldn't have had to see us dragged through courts, I could go on and on.
37 years of this and all because my life was halted by MS and even now i can't afford their legal private script, so on it goes.