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Cannabis Could Have Helped


09/04/15


A parliamentary candidate running in Hamilton for the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party has defended comments she made about her brother’s suicide.















The Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party was set up last year by Englishman Paul Birch, one of the co-founders of pioneering social media site Bebo, and they have candidates standing across the UK.


However, Garry’s widow Denise MacLean says her husband was very anti-drugs in the later years of his life and would not have been interested in this type of treatment.


Denise said: “Garry was very staunchly anti-drugs.

“He suffered in his early years, being addicted to drugs and alcohol.

“He got off the drink for three years of his life and went to college to become a drug and alcohol counsellor.”


However, Yvonne believes that Garry would be behind her and would support her campaign to have medicinal cannabis legalised.

She said: “My brother would have been behind me 100 per cent.”

Garry and Denise lived in Warwickshire in England.

However Garry grew up with Yvonne in Hamilton.


The Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party was set up last year by Englishman Paul Birch, one of the co-founders of pioneering social media site Bebo, and they have candidates standing across the UK.


Mum-of-one Yvonne says she smokes cannabis herself to treat depression and wants to see the drug legalised for medicinal purposes.

Yvonne says her personal experience with cannabis has been a lot better than with prescribed drugs.

And she says she has controlled depression for a long time using cannabis.


Dr Adam Brodie, NHS Lanarkshire’s clinical director for addictions said: “Cannabis is a class B drug which can have serious health implications for users.

“Short-term use can impair a person’s ability to concentrate and conduct complex tasks. It can also lead to tiredness and lack of motivation.

“Long-term or regular heavy use can lead to the development or worsening of mental health problems including paranoia. Very heavy use can lead to withdrawal symptoms and even heart and breathing problems.”

Yvonne MacLean from Meikle Earnock hopes to be elected as MP for the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency.


She believes that cannabis should be legalised for medicinal use including to treat depression, and believes her brother Garry, who took his own life in 2012, may have been helped had he had access to particular strains of medicinal cannabis.