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UK NEWS: SHERIFF’S MERCY FOR MS SUFFERER CAUGHT WITH CANNABIS
    #413490 - 05/07/10 05:14 PM (6 years, 6 months ago)

Friday May 7,2010
By Dean Herbert



A SHERIFF has shown mercy to a cannabis-hoarding?teacher?after hearing she used it to treat multiple sclerosis.

Sheila Phillips, 62, was caught red-handed with almost half a kilo of the class B drug, valued at £700.


The art teacher, who works at a school for the handicapped, told police she had been eating it to ease chronic pain caused by MS.


Cannabis has been shown in studies to help ease pain in several conditions.

Phillips, of Carluke, Lanarkshire, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease 11 years ago and admitted using cannabis for two years.


She admitted being in possession of 485 grams of the drug on April 1, when she appeared at Lanark Sheriff Court.

The court heard that Phillips had been using cannabis to try and control spasms caused by her condition.


Her GP and neurologist both knew she was taking the drug, which she bought in large amounts to keep the costs low.


Sheriff Nikola Stewart fined the mother of two just £500, claiming her judgment was influenced by Phillips’ medical condition. But Scottish?Tory?justice?spokesman Bill Aitken MSP last night said: “Bearing in mind the quantities of drugs?involved,?I?would?have expected the Sheriff to call for further investigation into the case.


“It could be that Sheila Phillips had obtained the bulk of the drug for her own use but it would be interesting to know how long it would take her to use half a kilo of cannabis.” Studies suggest that cannabis?and?cannabis-based medicines can provide effective pain relief for those suffering from illnesses.


It is also thought to help fight nausea and vomiting in the advanced stages of both cancer and AIDS. Campaigners also claim that the drug can be useful in treating diseases?such?as?asthma,?strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.


But Doctor Jayne Spink, Director of Policy & Research at the MS Society, said: “We know that some people with MS use cannabis, but smoking street cannabis can expose you to toxic chemicals and you can’t control the dose.


“The MS Society does not endorse the use of illegal cannabis to combat symptoms of MS.”


Twelve years ago, Prince Charles surprised onlookers by asking a MS sufferer ‘Have you tried cannabis?’ during a visit to a day care centre.


Wheelchair-bound Karen Drake, 48, was told by the Prince that he had heard the drug was ‘the best thing’ for MS.


taken from here.


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