n South African Medical Journal - Time to decriminalise drugs? : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: The editorial on the decriminalisation of drugs, and the debate that it sparked off, refer. The potential medically beneficial effects of cannabis were alluded to in the editorial. My personal dealings with a family with a child with Friedreich's ataxia, who has skeletal deformities causing constant severe pain, have convinced me that there is a place for the medicinal use of cannabis. In this case, albeit anecdotal, the only treatment that helps is cannabis.

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