Sir Patrick Stewart takes medicinal marijuana campaign to Prime Minister


Sir Patrick Stewart visited the home of British leader Theresa May on Tuesday (20Mar18) to deliver a petition urging her to legalise medicinal cannabis.

The X-Men star was at Downing Street to support a young fan fighting for the right to use the drug to treat his epilepsy.

Alfie Dingley, six, suffers from a rare condition and needs cannabis oil to help reduce his seizures.
Sir Patrick and the boy were joined by his sister Annie, and parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon.

The quintet met with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street and handed her a 380,000-strong petition.

Stewart, who uses medicinal cannabis to treat his arthritis while living in California, where it is legal, said, “How could one not support Alfie? Hearing what his life has been and the benefits given to him by being able to use medicinal marijuana. There has never been a stronger case for the legalization of medical marijuana.

“I have been registered for medical marijuana in California for over three years and have found it immensely beneficial for my arthritis. I had to have eight steroid injections in my fingers and knuckles, which was about as painful as anything one could imagine, because medicinal cannabis is not available here.”

Actress Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson are also among the celebrities backing the campaign to legalize medicinal marijuana in Britain.