The Forbidden Medicine

See, now I’m breaking the law. My name is George Hutchings, I’m 45
years old and I live on the Isle of Wight. I’m married to my wife Rachel,
and we’ve got 3 lovely children. And I’ve got a condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type 2. Life on the island to me is lovely, it’s so laid back. When we go over to the mainland,
we can’t wait to get back over here because of the rat race over on the mainland. It’s just the cars, the volume
of people, the…just everything. Everyday life for me, with my condition,
is trying to do as best as I can. C’mon rabbit. Go on. I wake up in the morning, come
downstairs, make a cup of tea, say morning to the kids before they go to school. I go out to my shed, have a little marijuana cigarette. And then, after that, the day is as it comes. It really gets me down sometimes,
it really gets me down and depressed because it’s all been just
sort of taken away from me. It’s only been in the last 5 years
that it’s really hit me hard. Whereas I’ve been born with it, so it’s been in my body all my life, and it’s just suddenly come out now. It gets progressively worse, and it’s a muscle wasting disease. It’s affected my legs first, and I’ve got
a blatant foot drop in both my feet. As you can see my feet are
purple from the poor circulation, and it’s absolutely cold. I’ve also got intense muscle wasting
of my calves and my upper thighs. And they say if it wastes above the knee, which it is, I’m going to be in a wheelchair. Takes 27 seconds to get up here, and when you’re bursting for a pee.. That’s how terrible they are. I’ve got to wear leg splints on both of my legs. That’s a foot plate to stop my feet from dropping. I do this every single day, and I keep them on until I go to bed. I hate being like this. Absolutely hate it, but you get on. You get on with it and that’s why they call me smiler cos
I’ve always got a smile on my face. So this is a week’s worth of prescription tablets that my doctors and GP have prescribed me. Which is like the legal route of my pain. Tramadol, which is a very strong opiate. Quinine Bisulphate, which is to help with my cramps. Pregabalin, which is these ones, which is to help with nerve damage. Zopiclone, which is a sleeping tablet. So each day I woke up, after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs, I would be just a zombie really, just unable to cope. And the stress and harm it does to my
liver and kidneys and other internal organs. So I decided to stop all my prescription tablets, and go to smoking cannabis. My Damnesia Haze. This is what I smoke during the
day, this is what gets me going. Like yesterday, I sort of overdone it a bit, and ended up cleaning the house,
hoovering up, dusting, washing. The wife says to me: ‘slow down, slow down.’ And I says, ‘Naah’, I says… I do as much as I can while I can cos once I’m in a wheelchair,
I won’t be able to do nothing. You know, people say that marijuana makes you lazy. It doesn’t, it just depends on the strains, and it just depends on the person that’s smoking it. It’s brilliant. I find it absolutely
brilliant, a wonder drug. It helps with my cramps in my muscles, it helps with my cramps in my hamstrings, it helps with my spasticity in my legs, it helps me with my diet, it helps me sleep at night. It helps me with my depression
because I get quite down sometimes. It helps me go to the toilet, I find
it the best laxative in the world. I find it helps me with my sex drive. I don’t have to take different tablets to get an erection. I find it more beneficial than any
of the tablets that I am prescribed, that my doctors want me to take, that is legal. Under the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act’
of 1971, they class cannabis, cannabinoids, cannabis resin,
cannabis oil, cannabis in a raw form as there’s no medicinal value at all in it. If you get caught with it, cultivation with intent to supply,
you’re looking at up to 14 years. I grow me own cannabis because.. ..a few reasons really. One is because I don’t like
the stuff you buy off the street. You don’t know what it’s been contaminated
with, you don’t know what kind of strain it is. It’s also very satisfying, it’s like
if you grow your own vegetables. You plant the seed, you grow the seed. You look after that plant until it’s readied for harvest. Then you chop it down, and there’s nothing more
satisfying than eating your own grown product, or smoking your own grown product. You stand there and you look at it and you think: ‘That’s my medication, I grew that.’ I always grow 9 or less because
of the sentencing guidelines. And it’s never enough, it’s never
enough. It always runs out. So I end up having to go out and get it on the streets, which then I don’t know what I’m getting. I don’t like to break the law, it’s just a case of having to
break the law to get a medicine that I know works for me. EU residents are allowed to come into our
country with their prescribed medical marijuana, but it’s not OK for UK residents to do it. I’d love to have an import/export license, so I can go over to Holland and
pick it up, and legally bring it back. I would like my doctors to prescribe it, so I
could go to my local pharmacy and pick it up. When I contacted the Home Office, they said to me you do not need an import/export
license if it’s under 3 months supply, you just need a letter from your prescribing doctor. We’ve just flown in from the UK to Amsterdam with my private prescription. It’s for 60 grams of Bedrobinol. Well, they’ve got the cameras
on the go at the moment, so we’re getting really bad in a minute. I’ve just picked up my medication today, and, when we fly back tonight,
I’m going to openly declare it to HM Customs in the UK The documents I’ll be taking
to the airports with me are: my private prescription from my UK doctor, a medical passport, another form that the Dutch doctors
give me so it can clear customs, and all my doctors’ reports and
diagnoses of my condition. I’m hoping to get through, that’s
the flip of a coin, it’s heads or tails, you know, heads you win, tails you lose. The worst they could do is probably
confiscate the medication. And if they arrest me, then they arrest me,
but I think that’s the worst they can do. It’d be better if I could come through because then I can now let other people
know that they can go ahead and do this. So that’s my motivation for coming over and doing this, it’s just for myself because I’m sick and ill, and for the other sick people across the country. “Where have you come from now?” “Amsterdam.” “What is it that you’ve got?” “I have got…” “So it’s medicine yeah?” “Medication, yeah.” “Right, and it’s prescribed by a doctor?” “By a doctor.” “Have you got a prescription with you?” “Where have you got this prescription from?” “Prescription is from my English doctors.” “What medicine is this? It’s not
like a Class A, or anything?” “Not heroin, cocaine, or anything like that?” “It’s herbal cannabis?” I had to phone on the Red Channel, and then the customs officers from
Southampton airport come through. They searched my bag, took all my paperwork. Just kept us waiting and waiting. After about two hours they’ve come
out and said they’re confiscating it because it’s illegal in this
country, it’s a Class B drug. Even though it’s for medical
matters and not a criminal matter. I’ve just spent a whole week in
Amsterdam trying to get this medication. It cost me 500 euros to get the medication. I’ve come back on the plane,
I’ve cleared all the other customs, but when I come back into the UK, they just.. ..take it off me. Signed a few papers, and they said you’re free to go. But, if it happens again, we will
arrest you, and you’ll be prosecuted. I openly declared it, I can’t understand. I’m hoping the outcome of all this,
what I’ve done over the last few months, regarding trying to get my medication from Holland, is that hopefully they will open
their eyes to this now, and realise that we need this as
a medication, we need this. It’s barbaric the way the laws are in
this country regarding marijuana. Yeah, lovely out here.


  1. George is a hero of the cannabis campaign.

  2. Our first outing

  3. George is a really inspirational person im so proud to know him and what he is doing for this campaign this was a really interesting video a real insight to the problems surrounding medical cannabis with in the UK

  4. Such a backward country we live in. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Please support the german Petition Cannabis as a Medicine:

  6. since June at least 5 people have got through uk boarder patrol using this method. I wonder if some borders are more lenient than others? 

  7. Have you tried making some Rick Simpson oil.

  8. Thank you very much for this video, we will make French subtitles 🙂

  9. Its so insane that they still dont see what å miracle medicin cannabis really is,- and I wonder if not the big pharma-companies
    play a big part in keeping it illegal. We all seen the big bag of prescribed drugs George was supposed to take, and I think that
    it is because its so much money lost for the phama-companies that they buy politicians ( campains / vaccations etc ) to stop the legalization….So many illnesses / conditions benefit on cannabis as medication,- LEGALIZE MEDICAL Marijuana

  10. What did he think was going to happen 

  11. I'm using cannabis for 28 years now. I invented a very effective medical cannabis oil I named Polder Cannabis Olie (yes, I'm Dutch). 
    To be honest, and not to rub it in or so, but I'm 45 too. But I look quite younger than this man. I feel sorry for him. Smoking is not the way, edibles are. And certainly oil, because a medical cannabis oil can be administered per drop, so quite precisely. I smoke hardly anymore, I use my oil. Quite powerful stuff. And together with a balanced vegan diet, yoga, hiking and Krav Maga I guess the medical doctor can not pay off his boat loan from my butt…. Healthy.

  12. Great video, sad but unsurprising ending. Keep fighting the good fight.

  13. Can anyone put me in contact with George I would like to help him on his medicinal path. My name is Sam gale on Facebook or if u can't find that look up Sam gale force n message my page n I will get back to u

  14. Awesome George, I have to suggest RSO , orally but topical application!
    it's sounds nuts but try it! rubbing the oil on your legs!
    people in Philippines
    call it bang and they
    take baths in it!
    Awesome thanks
    for video! cool strains too!

  15. Its an UNJUST LAW george and I for one will NEVER admit differently! HUGE respect for you George XXXX STAY WELL XXXX

  16. Surely customs broke the law by taking it off of you seeing as YOU followed the law to the letter and did everything by the book!!!

  17. I feel ya. If only police felt what we feel every day they would USE DISCRETION & simply DISOBEY.

  18. this is so sad that he has to hide. thats what causes me any depression anymore is all that prohibition causes people…its got to change. it will change.

  19. Legal = Death.

  20. I love this guy. he is brilliant. pulls on ya heart strings! right to the feeeels

  21. I admire what you have done and I know because of my Fibromyalgia how much MMJ and MMJ oil has done for me in a space of one year.  Sadly I can't go to Holland anymore as if I get caught I could not cope with the stress of prosecution so I decided to quit while I am ahead.  Hopefully the law will change and I will be able to bring it back but for now I sad to say goodbye but at least I know from my own experiment that Cannabis does have medical benefits and it about time the UK and the rest of the EU make it available on prescription.  In my case how I feel I could work again but now I got to stop I a prepared for what coming but at least I am ready to fight my horrid illness headon but it nice after 19 years to feel young again and have the strength of when I was 25 not 44.

  22. Its a travesty that the drugs co's control what is a natural wonder medicinal creation from nature.
    The system sadly in the UK and Australia is so so rigged.
    Its Time

  23. Bless you and All your sucseses with sharing and spreading the Knowlage of this beautiful wonder medicine. the list i use her for is long and im so inspired my your way and ideas about growng your own THANKYOU KEEP GOING YOUR AMAZING 💗🍃💚💨💨✌💗

  24. Inspiring Video!
    Stay positive and best wishes from germany.

  25. Smoking does so much good for him. Even though he's inhaling SMOKE. That's bad for everyone no matter what you smoke. Imagine if you ingest it. Yes people, oil. Cannabis oil.

  26. I can see why they call you Smiler! You are inspirational George, a tower of strength. Legality for medical cannabis WILL happen, it is just a case of when. Let's all hope it's sooner rather than….. Keep on smiling George. I wish you all the Best and to Mrs H n the children.
    Mel 🙂

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