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Father claims in court that daughter used hashish for long list of illnesses

The woman, SS, was tipped off to police for being known to consume the drug and, on February 23, officers went to her apartment at Palm Jumeirah and arrested her.

DUBAI // The father of a 25-year-old British woman charged with consuming hashish told a Dubai court on Thursday that it was prescribed for her because she suffers from multiple disorders.

The woman, SS, was tipped off to police for being known to consume the drug and, on February 23, officers went to her apartment at Palm Jumeirah and arrested her.

No drugs were found on her person or in her apartment but her urine test came back positive 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 the father.

“They summed up a 10-year-long history of illness in 20 minutes — that can’t be possible — I would request the court to assign a specialist to look into my daughter’s condition.

“She had been prescribed medicinal cannabis by a doctor in London in order to take her off the chemical medications that she had been taking for years.”

The next hearing will be on May 15.

salamir@thenational.ae