Pro-cannabis party CISTA steps aside after SDLP backs medicinal use


WEATHER Belfast A party supporting the legalisation of cannabis has announced it will not run a candidate in the West Tyrone by-election after the SDLP announced its support for legalising medicinal cannabis. The announcement was made at the party’s annual conference at the weekend by West Tyrone candidate Daniel McCrossan. Mr McCrossan spoke about people in his constituency the drug could potentially benefit, including 12-year-old Billy Caldwell, who suffers from epilepsy and went 300 days without a seizure after becoming the first person in the UK to receive a medicinal cannabis prescription in April 2017. Pro-cannabis party CISTA’s candidate in the by-election Barry Brown announced he would no longer be running in light of the SDLP announcement, and a similar commitment from the Alliance Party. In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Brown said he would like to do a Facebook live interview with each of the candidates to discuss their views on legalising cannabis. Speaking about the party’s decision to push for legalised medicinal cannabis, the party’s health spokesperson MLA Mark H Durkan said his party needs to have “a compassionate response to those who are suffering from chronic illnesses and are in desperate need of new treatment”. Pro-cannabis party CISTA steps aside after SDLP backs medicinal use

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