British MP Backs Marijuana By Prescription! 

British MP Backs Marijuana By Prescription! 
Posted by FoM on March 07, 1999 at 14:24:25 PT

London, England: Member of Parliament Paul Flynn (Labour Party-Newport West) urged colleagues last week to support legalizing medical marijuana. Flynn recently introduced legislation to allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana legally. 
   "The tens of thousands of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and cancer sufferers should not have to wait ... for a natural medicine which has been used by millions of people for thousands of years," he said. "They want a medicine of their choice now so they can get pain relief, so that they can get a good night's sleep, or so they can stop feeling nauseous from the side effects of chemotherapy."   The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee requested Parliament to legalize prescriptive access to medical marijuana in November, but government officials said they would not amend federal law before completing additional research. Parliament recently approved human trials to determine marijuana's ability to control muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis patients and provide relief to post-operative pain sufferers. Researchers said they expect to present their findings within two years.   For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751. 
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