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Gp Bought Cannabis For Cancer Patient

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A GP bought cannabis from a patient to help another who was dying of
cancer, a General Medical Council tribunal heard yesterday.

Dr David Thornton, a junior partner at a surgery in Bolsover, Derbyshire,
admitted twice supplying the drug.

He did so after treating a 56-year-old woman for lymphoma. She had been
receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment but stopped them when she
was told her cancer was terminal.

Believing that cannabis might alleviate her pain, Dr Thornton contacted
another of his patients, a known drug user, and twice bought some from him.
He gave the drug to the cancer victim via her sister.

Pubdate: Tue, 03 Feb 2004
Source: Daily Telegraph (UK)
Copyright: 2004 Telegraph Group Limited
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