Sentence overturned for woman prescribed medicinal marijuana in Dubai appeal

A four-year jail sentence given to a 25-year-old British woman for consuming hashish was overturned on Sunday.

The woman?s lawyer, Saeed Al Ghilani, told the Dubai Court of Appeal that his client was prescribed medicinal marijuana because she has bipolar disorder.

?She had been referred by the criminal court to the Rashid Hospital. This hospital is not specialised in evaluating one?s mental health. In less than half an hour, they concluded that she was fine and suffers from nothing,? said Mr Al Ghilani.

On February 23 last year, officers arrested her at her Palm Jumeirah apartment. No drugs were found, but urine tests were positive for the drug and she was referred to prosecutors.

?My daughter had been suffering from multiple and complicated disorders, and the medical committee here met her for only 20 minutes,? said her father.

Mr Al Ghilani told the court his client was prescribed medicinal marijuana after the drugs she was previously taking caused complications.

The lawyer provided the court with medical reports that proved the defendant?s long medical history.

Dubai Court of Appeal found S?S not guilty and overturned her four-year sentence and deportation order.