Former cancer patient urges British government to legalize medical marijuana

Joy Smith, 52, smiles during her treatment at a hospital. (File image via The Globe and Mail)
Joy Smith, 52, smiles during her treatment at a hospital. (File image via The Globe and Mail)

Joy Smith is pleading UK government to legalize medical marijuana simply because she believes that it could benefit other cancer patients.

Smith, who was given a short-period of time to live, said cannabis has helped cure her cancer.

The 52-year-old was given only just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016.

At first, Smith was reluctant to try the cannabis-based tablets, alongside chemotherapy. But her daughter encouraged her to take cannabis oil after reading a success story of a U.S. cancer patient, who went into remission after producing her own marijuana oil.

After some time, Smith was told that the cancer was gone.

“I went to see my consultant and she said that there was nothing left to see. She was quite happy to take me off my treatment. I just couldn’t could believe it when I came out. I was so excited.”

Currently, the UK Government is adamant that there are no medical benefits associated with any form of medical marijuana. It remains illegal under UK law.

Smith made her plea after Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old British epileptic boy had his cannabis oil confiscated from him after arriving home from Canada on Monday. 

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Billy Caldwell pictured with his mother Charlotte at their home near Castlederg in Co. Tyrone. (Image via Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

Billy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, made the trip to Toronto and back with her son to get a six-month supply to treat his up to 100 seizures a day, but said border officials seized the medication. 

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