Kieran McCrory, a man diagnosed with terminal brain tumor, claims that cannabis oil has helped prolong his life and he will continue its use even though it’s illegal to use cannabis for medicinal purposes in UK.
His medical diagnosis however remains, that he has three to five years to live, but the doctors encouraged him in some way, telling him that the tumor has stopped growing.
UK’s government attitude is that any use of medicinal cannabis is “harmful”, and the Cancer Research UK claims that there is no evidence that cannabis oil can safely treat cancer.
Mr. McCrory, a 38-year-old father-of-one, from Omagh, County Tyrone, was diagnosed with terminal brain tumor back in 2014, and since then he received radiation treatment and underwent a brain surgery.
Nothing helped until last year when he started using cannabis oil. Since then, radiation treatment is not an option.
I can be optimistic about spending a good length of time on this planet with my wife and child,” he said. “It is good to see a bit of light. Basically, the tumor has stopped in its tracks. So it’s not spread and it’s not got any bigger.”
In the UK, marijuana is classified as a class B drug and its use is illegal, and only a derivative is used in a spray for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients.
However, following the example of the United States, where 23 out of the country’s 50 states currently permit medical cannabis, and most likely to be legalized in the remaining, the UK also has a new campaign for legalizing medical marijuana.
People who support this campaign, named End Our Pain, stated that more than 1 Million people who regularly use cannabis for medical reasons will be grateful should their campaign succeed.
Unfortunately, the Home Office made it clear that the government has no intention, neither to legalize marijuana, nor to change their approach to its use as medicine.
Karen Bradley, The Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, said:
There is clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can damage people’s mental and physical health, and harms individuals and communities.
‘Want to live‘
Fully aware that he might be prosecuted, Kieran McCrory will not give up the cannabis oil use.
“I am not hurting anyone. I am not out there selling drugs and I don’t run a drugs factory,” he said.
You can’t afford to put up restrictions when you are fighting for your life. What would anybody else do if you were in my shoes? I will be taking this oil for the rest of my life. I want to get to the age of 80. I just want to live.”