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Terminally Ill Man Discharges Himself From Care Home To Smoke 'One Last Joint'

Claire Reid

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Terminally Ill Man Discharges Himself From Care Home To Smoke 'One Last Joint'

Featured Image Credit: BournemouhEcho/BNPS

A 70-year-old man battling terminal cancer checked himself out of his care home, because he wanted to smoke cannabis one last time.

Patrick Ford, who goes by the name Dave, says he was told by staff at Drumconner Nursing Home in Westbourne, Bournemouth, that he wouldn't be allowed to smoke a joint within the care home during his last few days.

Dave and his friend, David. Credit: BournemouhEcho/BNPS

His best friend, David Warnock, 56, said he visited his pal on Friday and the pair hoped to smoke what could have been one final joint together, but they were quickly told off by members of staff.

David told the Bournemouth Echo: "At the care home we had the fan pointed out the window to blow the smoke, but they snatched it away.

Credit: BournemouhEcho/BNPS

"He had been looking forward to having that smoke of grass.

"You wouldn't think we were in the 21st century with our attitudes. Holland has had it legalised for years."

David was quick to point out that he and Dave understand the laws in the UK, but that maybe there should be exceptions.

"We accept that smoking cannabis is illegal but this is a dying man's wish," David continued.

"He has got the right as a human-being to do what he wants in his last days of life."

Credit: BournemouhEcho/BNPS

Dave, who suffers from schizophrenia and was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer last December, has reportedly smoked cannabis for over 15 years, using it as a 'painkiller' in recent months.

He said he will now spend the rest of his days in his flat, where he can listen to his favourite music from the '60s.

The manager at Drumconner declined to comment when asked by the paper, as Dave is under the care of Bournemouth's mental health team.

Topics: Cannabis, Marijuana, weed

Claire Reid
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