Shetland man’s medical cannabis prescription seized by cops who refuse to return it and threatened to c… – The Scottish Sun


A MIGRAINE-stricken Scot has been threatened with charges after cops seized his medicinal cannabis prescription.

Liam Lewis, 29, has been left “distraught” after his monthly delivery was intercepted by cops using a sniffer dog at a mail sorting office in Lerwick, Shetland, on Saturday morning.

Liam Lewis (L) had his medical cannabis prescription seized - and cops won't return it


Liam Lewis (L) had his medical cannabis prescription seized – and cops won’t return it

The 29-year-old, who suffers from Functional Neurological Disorder, only discovered there was an issue when his mail delivery note said it had been ‘delivered’ and when he checked was told it had been confiscated by officers.

After attending the local police station on the island to provide proof the oil was legally prescribed, he was told that didn’t make any difference and claims they refused to give him his medication.

Even after producing an ID card to confirm he is entitled to the cannabis oil, officers still won’t hand over the medication and now look likely to charge him for drug possession.

He blasted cops as he now has no medication to treat his debilitating condition.

He said: “I have been left totally distraught by what has happened. It’s outrageous.

“I now have no oil left and it looks like I won’t get this back so I am left in the lurch and face a horrendous few weeks until I can get another delivery.

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“Normally, my delivery is made by courier but for the past few months it has been delivered by Royal Mail due to worries about the boats to Lerwick being cancelled.

“This was my third delivery this way and there was never an issue with the others.

“I just can’t believe they are talking about charging me over it. If I get charged I won’t be allowed my prescription for months.”

After exploring various treatments for his Functional Neurological Disorder doctors referred Mr Lewis to a specialist in London to trial the cannabis oil treatment in 2020.

Since then he has ordered his monthly prescription from specialist doctors at the Sapphire Medical clinic in Harley Street, London.  

Mr Lewis now pays £165 for the meds and says the oil allows him to do everyday things and lead a life without the painful migraines.

He added “I really need this medication as it helps alleviate my migraines which are debilitating when they start.

“I have tried all sort of treatments on the NHS and none of them work. This is the only thing that works.

“I don’t know what I will do if they don’t give me it back and charge me.”

Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018 and doctors are allowed to prescribe it in certain situations.


The 2018 law change moved cannabis from schedule 1 under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 – meaning it had no therapeutic value – to schedule 2. It now means doctors can prescribe the drug in certain situations.

A spokesperson from Sapphire Medical Clinics comments: “We are unable to comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality. However, it’s important to highlight that medical cannabis was legalised for prescription in November 2018 across the UK.  

“As the only medical cannabis clinic registered by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, we abide by stringent regulations which include assessment by a specialist doctor and the requirement that prescriptions are dispensed by an approved and licensed pharmacy.”

The Scottish Sun has approached Police Scotland for comment.

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