Medicinal Cannabis

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Department of Health,

I understand that it is this governments belief that "Cannabis has no medicinal values"

Yet it has now been medically proven that indeed Cannabis Does have many medicinal values. In fact during many medical trials it was proven that Cannabis kills cancer cells.

The idea that cannabis kills cancer cells is no longer be a conspiracy theory. With this information, should any country legitimately say no to medicinal marijuana?

Or could it even be considered a preventative herb to avoid getting cancer?

The US government has added a page on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to their official cancer advice website.
The National Cancer Institute, part of the US Department of Health, now advises that ‘cannabinoids are useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment’ by smoking, eating it in baked products, drinking herbal teas or even spraying it under the tongue.”

The official government site has a long list of medicinal uses of cannabis, including: Anti-inflammatory activity, pain relief, anti-anxiety, stress relief, anti-tumor, antiviral activity and relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and many many more.

The site goes on to talk about how cannabis has been proven to destroy cancer cells in lab experiments.

“Several scientific studies have suggested this in the past, and in April this year the US government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse revised their publications to suggest cannabis could shrink brain tumors by killing off cancer cells.”

If the United States government is finally willing to admit these benefits and that cannabis has been proven to kill cancer cells, then will other western nations follow suit?

Cannabis – is a natural herb that has a long list of benefits without the side effects of man-made cancer treatments.

The British government are preventing people from using a herb to successfully treat a multitude of diseases.
If they Do use this herb they are liable to arrest and to receive a criminal record.
Why should this be allowed?

Yours faithfully,

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

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Dear  Mr Heskin,
Thank you for your correspondence of 20 September to the Freedom of
Information team about cannabis.  I have been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.


As a research-based organisation, Cancer Research UK continues to monitor
the progress of scientists around the world for advances that may benefit
people with cancer.  A summary of current evidence on cannabis,
cannabinoids and cancer is available on the Cancer Research UK website,




More generally, cannabis and its preparations, such as cannabis oil, which
contain the controlled substance tetrahydrocannabinol, are Class B
controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.  Cannabis is also
subject to international drug control under UN Conventions. 


Cannabis is a controlled drug because its use carries the risk of a number
of acute and chronic health effects, such as the possibility of developing
mental health problems: as well as making some users feel anxious,
panicky, suspicious or paranoid, the regular use of cannabis is associated
with an increase in the risk of later developing psychotic illnesses,
including schizophrenia, and can contribute to a relapse in those with a
pre-existing psychotic illness.  It is also important to note that a
family background of mental illness may increase the risk of developing a
psychotic illness.


This view is based on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs 2008
report on cannabis, Cannabis Classification and Public Health.  The report
is available at:




I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
Joanne Miles
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health



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