Cannabis is a tricky topic to discuss

EDITORIAL: Health writer Honor Tremain broaches an apparently sensitive topic in her column in the Chronicle today.

It is that of cannabis and its importance as a medical tool.

Surprisingly, a member of my outstanding young team phoned to question whether the topic was appropriate in our community-based newspaper.

The debate over using cannabis for medicine is tricky because so many of us simply hate the stuff.

I remember, at the age of 15, a dope-smoking mate of mine asking for assurance that he could be there if I ever decided to indulge.

He's still waiting.

Marijuana as a social drug of choice is insidious.

It is the entry point of all drugs illegal and ruins many lives through slow decay.

As a medicine though, it is no different to any other drug.

Used appropriately, it has its special place and the fact that people abuse it should not limit that.

Anecdotal evidence suggests it is effective in controlling some seizures, and, in the case of the oil, it is making a huge difference to some people's lives, albeit illegally.

If I had a child who was suffering badly and I could find a way to ease that pain I'd be very tempted to transgress.

But I shouldn't have to.

The possibilities should be correctly explored.

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