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Ron welcomes report into the use of cannabis for medical purposes

Ron Hogg-2016

Image: PCVC Ron Hogg

Ron Hogg, the Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington has backed calls for a reform of legislation relating to cannabis.

Launched today, a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform calls on the UK government to legalise medical cannabis. The APPG has undertaken a 7 month inquiry into the issue, and commissioned an independent review of global evidence.

The report concludes that there is good evidence that medical cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain; spasticity (often associated with Multiple Sclerosis); nausea and vomiting, particularly in the context of chemotherapy; and in the management of anxiety.

Commenting on the findings, Ron said: "I believe strongly that we should take the supply of drugs away from organised crime gangs. The report indicates that cannabis could alleviate certain medical conditions, and that the side effects of using cannabis between the conditions can be less harmful to individuals them some of the drugs they are currently prescribed."

The APPG report can be found at www.drugpolicyreform.net/.

Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2016
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