My mother ordered cannabis oil to help her MS. She was arrested

It was in April, over video message on our phones, when Mum told me she had news. We had spent nearly an hour talking already when she went quiet for a moment. There was something important she had to tell me, she said, but I must promise not to worry. Then in one quick breath the words came out: “I was arrested for importing cannabis oil.”

I noticed suddenly how exhausted she looked. She watched my reaction carefully as the words sank in. After a while, and with a shaky voice, she continued.

A friend had been in touch out of the blue, she said. This friend knew how desperately she struggled with chronic pain caused by primary progressive multiple sclerosis. They had seen the…

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