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British Home Medical Marijuana Cultivators Must Walk A Legal Tightrope

Tuesday 14 May 2019


From Weedmaps:


Carly Barton
Featured Image: Carly Barton, of Sussex, is in legal limbo
for cultivating medical cannabis, even though she is the
first adult patient in the United Kingdom to receive a
medical cannabis prescription to manage
her chronic fibromyalgia.
(Photo courtesy of Carly Barton)

British Home Medical Marijuana Cultivators Must Walk a Legal Tightrope

By Maureen Meehan
May 13, 2019
Copyright © 2019 Weedmaps.

When Carly Barton became the first adult patient in the United Kingdom to receive a medical cannabis prescription to manage her chronic fibromyalgia pain, she declared that her need for opioid-based painkillers was about to be over.

However, when Barton learned that her prescription would cost her 1,400 pounds, or about US$1,814, per month and would not be covered by England's traditionally generous National Health Service (NHS), she decided she had no other choice but to grow her own, despite warnings from the police that she was “openly breaking the law,” and that they “would not look the other way.”

“The whole country is in the same situation,” Barton said in a phone conversation. “If you can afford a couple of thousand pounds a month, then you're classified as a patient. If not, you're regarded as a criminal. It's beyond ridiculous.”

Cultivation of marijuana in England can carry up to a 14-year prison sentence.

That has not stopped the 32-year-old, who taught sculpture at Brighton University for three years until the pain became too much.


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