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Rose Renton, the mother of Alex Renton (19), became a household name and sparked a nationwide debate when she fought for her son to be the first person to get an approval fgor medicinal cannabis.
Alex died of severe epilepsy in 2015.
Mrs. Renton and other medicinal marijuana supporters took the battle to the parliament where they implored the Mp’s and lawmakers to legalize medicinal cannabis. They appeared before the health select committee with a 17,000 signature petition calling for easier and cheaper access to medicinal marijuana.
She said she had to fight a long battle with medical staff for access of medicinal cannabis to her son and which was finally granted after 43 other drugs had failed.
Those suffering from chronic or terminal illness deserved urgent access to good-quality, safe, affordable cannabis, she said.
Mrs. Renton told the committee she was contacted every day by people who were desperate, dying and terrified because of the current laws.
She said it was time for MPs to show some empathy and stand up for the people they represented.
“These people are all adults, they are not young people. They are people that have educated themselves.
“You are here to look after your people and I’m asking you to take the pressure off me as a mum with six kids. My children would like me back,” Mrs. Renton said.
This year the government said ministerial sign-off for the use of medicinal cannabis-based products was no longer required. Instead, approval was delegated to the Health Ministry.