Police come down hard on U.K. woman who just wanted to buy cannabis
A Merseyside police officer was in no mood to hear about the need for weed when he came upon a woman in Birkenhead, U.K.
According to the BBC, the officer was on patrol when he spied a woman acting suspiciously in her car. When confronted for breaking the coronavirus precaution measures in place across the U.K., the unnamed woman daid she “had been out to buy cannabis to last her for the next week.”
The stockpiling excuse went over like a lead balloon, with the police deciding to seize the cannabis. “Maybe she should have followed the guidelines and stayed at home,” says a police spokesman.
Information on the Mereyside police website notes that people should leave their homes for only one of four reasons: shopping for basic necessities, going out for exercise once a day, travelling only where essential and any medical need including to provide care for a vulnerable person.
Unfortunately, there is no mention of finding a fix for a cannabis crave. Marijuana is illegal in the U.K, although there is a “lenient ‘three strikes’ policy for personal use,” notes Marijuana Break. “Some police departments might be stricter, though, so it is best not to risk cannabis use,” the article adds.
While cannabis has been legalized for medical purpose, the ability for doctors to prescribe it is restricted and there are considerable problems gaining access. Just two cannabis-based medications have been approved in the U.K. In late 2019, the National Health Service approved Epidyolex for the treatment of two rare types of epilepsy, and a muscle-relaxing spray called Sativex is available for those suffering from multiple sclerosis.
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