Hero Scottish Mother risks jail to treat dying cancer-stricken daughter with medical cannabis

  • Sandra Munford, 53, risks everything for her eldest daughter, Kate
  • Kate, 21, has had four major operations in the battle against a brain tumour
  • Sandra spends £1,300 a month importing cannabis capsules from Canada
  • Sandra now wants a change in the law to make cannabis products for medical purposes legal

A brave Scottish mother is risking everything to make sure her dying daughter can access medical cannabis.

Sandra Munford, 53, has seen her daughter Kate, 21, have four major operations in battle against a brain tumour.

After her daughter was given just three months to live, Sandra decided to start spending £1,300 a month to import medical cannabis oil from Canada to help keep Kate alive. Speaking to The Daily Record, Sandra explained the lengths she is willing to go to give her daughter the best fighting chance of surviving:

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to ease Kate’s pain, even if it means going to prison.

“My daughter is dying and I’m in a desperate situation.

cancer patients smiles
Smiling in the face of death: Brave Kate showing true Scottish strength

“We’ve tried every other treatment available and nothing has worked – this is our last hope.

“I’ve never broken the law before in my life but if it is going to help my daughter, I’ll keep doing it.”

Kate’s condition has deteriorated since her initial diagnosis, with her doctors telling her that theirs is nothing more they can do, leaving the brave young woman bed-bound, no longer able to eat or drink without help.

I’m going to do whatever I can to give her every chance to beat this. If that means breaking the law, so be it.
Sandra Munford, Hero Mother, Cannabis Warrior

After five weeks of taking cannabis capsules from Canada, however, Kate’s condition has already begun to improve:

“Seeing your daughter fall apart before your eyes is heartbreaking.

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Heartbroken: Sandra and her brave daughter, Kate

“Since she started taking cannabis oil, we are already seeing some positive changes.

“The right side of Kate’s body was completely frozen but now she’s slowly able to move her right leg and arm.

brain tumor scar
Kate’s post-surgery scar

“Her mouth was also dropping down to one side and it’s now back to normal.

“There’s no doubt in my mind it’s down to the cannabis oil.

“Even the nurses who visit daily said they are noticing a difference, although it’s still early days.”

Inspired by her daughter’s recovery, Sandra is now campaigning to legalise cannabis for medical use, allowing desperate patients like her daughter easier access:

“It’s helping ease the pain Kate’s experiencing. We realise she’s still very ill but I know I’m doing the right thing.

“I’m going to do whatever I can to give her every chance to beat this. If that means breaking the law, so be it.

“Before she started taking the drug, things were so bad that we thought Kate wouldn’t last. She struggles to do the smallest things and it’s so frustrating for her.

Kate Mundford (right) with her sister Beth

“Her decline happened very quickly. In November, we thought she was going to be fine, and then she just went downhill.”

Sandra turned to cannabis when there seemed to be no hope.

Surgeons were able to remove 80% of Kate’s initial tumour, along with four litres of fluid.

Within months, however, the mass had grown back.

Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy tablets also failed to reduce the growth.

It was only then that the family began looking into medical cannabis.

While Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is already legally available through trusted sources in the UK, full spectrum cannabis oil, containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is still an illegal Class B drug, carrying a 5-year potential jail sentence if caught in possession.

Until the British Government legalises cannabis for medical purposes desperate patients, like Sandra, are going to be forced to spend their life savings on a medication which is relatively cheap to produce.

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