Christine Jardine’s personal story on why we need to legalise cannabis

I was moved to read Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine’s take on the legalisation of cannabis. She has epilepsy and tells her personal story about why she feels legalising medicinal cannabis is necessary.

“The doctors could not then, and cannot even now, offer an explanation as to what caused me to have a major grand mal seizure in my sleep.

For many years, I was afraid to sleep alone if my husband was away in case I had attack and there was nobody there to look after me.”

She also shared the story of a constituent who is desperate for medicinal cannabis for her young son.

Medicinal cannabis has the potential to alleviate the suffering of thousands of children in this country.

Children like my constituent Murray Gray, whose rare myoclonic astatic epilepsy can put him through multiple seizures a day, have their schooling interrupted, their health affected and their families constantly worried for their safety.

Christine’s empathy and angle on this subject is well worth a read. You can find the full article here.

* Kirsten Johnson is the PPC for North Devon and Day Editor of Lib Dem Voice.

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5 Comments

  • Chris Bertram 21st Jun '18 - 8:47am

    Well done to Jo, and good luck with the new arrival, whenever they appear.

    But what was Stephen Lloyd’s reason for absence from the vote?

  • OnceALibDem 21st Jun '18 - 2:16pm

    Don’t know if he has given any reasons, but from Wikipedia:
    “Lloyd voted to remain in the European Union in referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU. In the referendum’s aftermath, Lloyd said “[I] gave my word in the lead up to the referendum [that] I would respect the result and that’s exactly what I am going to do.” As a result, contrary to Liberal Democrat party policy, Lloyd has refused to support a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and has instead committed to “lobbying…the government to try and make sure that we get the best deal possible for Brexit.”

  • John Probert 22nd Jun '18 - 9:54am

    Stephen Lloyd MP: ““[I] gave my word in the lead up to the referendum [that] I would respect the result and that’s exactly what I am going to do.” As a result, contrary to Liberal Democrat party policy, Lloyd has refused to support a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU … ”

    The Lib Dem case is that a referendum on the final deal (once the details are known) is not a re-run of the original referendum, which simply triggered ‘Leave’ negotiations under Article 50? And surely all our MPs are in favour of that?

  • Peter Watson 22nd Jun '18 - 10:06am

    I know that Lib Dems love nothing better than talking about Brexit but I’m struggling to see how it happened with this article! 😉

  • Peter Martin 22nd Jun '18 - 10:40am

    @ Peter Watson,

    Agreed! How about an ‘Exit from Exit from Brexit’ week? Or maybe just a day?

    ie no mention of the subject on LDV 🙂

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