A 38-year-old woman from Rio de Janeiro obtained in court the right to cultivate and transport marijuana plants for medicinal use. Sabrina Pereira de Freitas suffered a car accident thirteen years ago that left her with damage to her speech and motor functions. She has been using cannabidiol oil for eleven years as a complement to conventional treatments and has seen significant improvements.
Authorization came through a decision from the Superior Court of Justice (STJ)in Brasília, taken by the minister Og Fernandes. In practice, it guarantees Sabrina a safe conduct, which prevents her from being arrested or having seeds, seedlings, plants and materials necessary for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis seized.
The STJ overturned a previous decision by the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region (TRF-2). Even though it is injunctive (temporary), the STJ’s decision guarantees Sabrina’s right until the final judgment of the case.
Right to health and dignity
Author of the action, lawyer specializing in Cannabis Law, Ladislau Porto, states that prohibiting the cultivation of cannabis violates the rights to health and dignity. “Sabrina has medical reports, prescriptions and authorization from Anvisa to import cannabis oil, but the price of the medicine is high and would make treatment unfeasible,” says Porto.
According to the lawyer, Brazilian justice has been consolidating an understanding that denying patients access to cannabis treatment violates their right to health and that the issue is humanitarian.
Recovered muscle strength and understandable speech
When Sabrina suffered the accident, the prognosis was that she would be in a vegetative state. In addition to traditional physiotherapeutic, psychological and neurological treatment, she started using artisanal cannabis oil. She even took a course to produce her own homemade oil.
The first improvements were in pain, sleep and lack of focus. Today, Sabrina has improved muscle strength and is close to normal, without the need for assistance with mobility, and great improvement in her speech, which is understandable. According to a medical report, the patient needs a progressive increase in dose to improve symptoms.