eorge shrugs over a picket desk on the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. You’ll discover him right here most days, morning till night time. “Why see the world when the world can come to you?” he asks via a greying moustache, nursing a pint of orange juice and a roll-up cigarette.
He used to work on the now-derelict Crimsworth Dyeworks mill in Midgehole, spending years within the steam and darkness to ship materials to close by Manchester. Later he moved on to tearing up roads for the fuel board for 25 years, which wasn’t a lot simpler, ultimately being made redundant aged 53 via unwell well being. “As soon as my well being failed I used to be ineffective to them,” he says.
Now aged 67, George exhibits the scars of that point – vibration white finger, again accidents, sciatica, ear injury. However he’s one in every of a rising variety of over-60s utilizing CBD, a cannabis-derived compound, and feeling that many years of accidents are easing. “Now, I don’t have my sciatica, I’m freer in my joints and I don’t stroll with a limp. It gained’t mend a damaged bone, it gained’t repair my coronary heart, however no matter it’s doing it’s suiting me,” he says.
Medicinal marijuana was legalised in 2018 however stays near-impossible to acquire. A current Commons well being and social care committee report acknowledged that “sufferers have had their expectations raised unfairly” since residence secretary Sajid Javid made the ruling on medicinal marijuana, and “docs are dealing with the backlash of poor authorities dealing with”.