A woman who overcame an addiction to heroin that threatened to destroy her life has urged politicians not to legalise cannabis following proposals from a House of Commons committee last month.
In an interview with the Sun newspaper, Ocean Hanna explained that experimenting with the banned substance at the age of 14 started her on a downward spiral that ended with her stealing to fund her heroin habit.
The now 22-year-old said the government's decision to legalise cannabis could be dangerous for young individuals with addictive personalities or those that are simply looking to fill a void that is caused by boredom.
She said: "Making cannabis legal holds a lot of risks for a lot of people.
"When I look back at the girl I was a few years ago, I just want to hug her. I was drinking alcohol every day and smoking crack cocaine and heroin."
Growing up with her mother Sheila - an interior designer - in Redditch, Worcestershire, the fully-recovered user said her life initially took a bad turn when her estranged father Ian died from lung cancer when she was 14.
Although she barely knew her dad and had not seen him for eight years, Ms Hanna said it was surprising how upset she was when he passed away.
However, despite being devastated about her loss, she managed to win a scholarship for the Oxford School of Drama at the age of 17 after her mum advised her to put 110 per cent into all her endeavours.
But shortly after moving to Oxford, Ms Hanna started to mingle with the wrong crowd and began binge drinking and smoking cannabis - confessing she did not leave the house for days and would not pay attention to her appearance.
Then, she ended up dropping out of drama school before the course had even started, instead opting to travel to Sydney when she was 18 where she would use heroin for the first time.
After returning to the UK when she decided to turn her life around, Ms Hanna found the strength to kick her drug habit and decided to set herself goals and ticking each one off the list as she succeeded.