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University lecturer given medical cannabis criticises restrictions on prescription

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A former university lecturer from Brighton, who lives with severe pain, has been prescribed medicinal cannabis in what she believes is a first in the UK.

Carly Barton developed fibromyalgia after suffering a stroke in her 20's.

Even the strongest medication including morphine did little to help the chronic pain.

A friend recommended cannabis, which quickly worked to reduce the pain.

Last month, NHS doctors were given permission to start prescribing cannabis products.

However, few are doing it, and Carly has only managed to get the prescription by going privately.

She is waiting for her first cannabis medicine to arrive from the Netherlands. But it costs £2500 for three months supply.

She is also urging the NHS to look again at the way the new guidelines for doctors are being implemented.