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A group of Islanders in Jersey have lost their campaign to be prescribed cannabis-based drugs for medical purposes.
Deputy Montfort Tadier was fighting their corner in the States today, but his petitions were rejected by politicians.
The Health Minister argued he doesn't have the power to give individuals special licenses to possess cannabis or drugs derived from cannabis.
Deputy Montfort Tadier is trying to help three islanders who want access to cannabis-based drugs for medicinal use.
But they're not holding out much hope that the Health Minister will agree.
The plight of a multiple sclerosis sufferer who wants a cannabis-based drug to ease her pain will go to Jersey's States tomorrow.
Deputy Montfort Tadier has brought a petition urging the Health Minister to issue Ann Hill a license for the drug called Sativex.
But Senator Andrew Green has dismissed the petition, saying it would cost the taxpayer £5,000 a year.
Sativex is currently available in Jersey for private patients, but Ann wants it prescribed for free.