Patients who depend on cannabis to ease their pain have spoken out after Wales’ AMs voted to lobby the UK Government to legalise the drug for medicinal use.

The chronically-ill sufferers say the drug eases their pain and the current drugs law turns them into criminals.

Assembly Members on Wednesday heard their pleas and backed a motion by a cross-party group to lobby the UK Government to change the law.

They say the clinical and anecdotal evidence on its benefits for patients is “compelling” and want the NHS in Wales to be able to make it available via a prescription.

But at present Wales does not have the legislative powers to make such a decision.

Grandmother Sue Cox, from Cwmbran, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in January 2014 after experiencing problems with her balance for more than six years.

The former manager of Holland and Barrett now uses a cane to help her walk and suffers with chronic spasms in her back and legs.

Despite taking a range of prescribed medicines, including morphine in the recent past, the 65-year-old said cannabis has benefited her the most.

Sue, who prefers to smoke her cannabis and occasionally enjoys it “sprinkled on her cheese on toast”, said: “Cannabis helps to relax me, which in turn relaxes my muscles and cuts down the amount of spasms I have each day.

“I feel better within myself when I take it. Does cannabis help cheer me up? Of course it does.”

Sue said her multiple sclerosis is progressive, leaves her often excruciating pain and stops her sleeping properly.