Medicinal Cannabis gets the Green Light
From the 1st of November onwards medicinal cannabis will become legal in the UK; a historic step following years of campaigning.
In part due to the lobbying from parents of sick children, denied access to the cannabis products with the possibility to alleviate their conditions; the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, called for an urgent review during the summer of this year.
Javid is known to have consulted the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and accepted their recommendations, as well as those provided by the UK’s Chief Medical Adviser.
The Reason for making the decision
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“ Having been moved by heartbreaking cases involving sick children, it was important to me that we took swift action to help those who can benefit from medicinal cannabis. “
“ We have now delivered on our promise and specialist doctors will have the option to prescribe these products where there is a real need. “
“ I’m grateful to the expert panel – who have been considering cases in the interim – and to those who’ve worked hard to bring about this change at the earliest possible opportunity. “
Where will it be made available?
Medicinal cannabis will not be available for prescription via any GP, as the new law states only specialists will have the ability to prescribe these unlicensed medicines. Doctors who are able to prescribe medicinal cannabis focus on singular fields and are listed on the General Medical Council’s specialist register. Decisions regarding the prescription of cannabis products will be decided on a case by case basis, and only those patients who cannot be treated by other licensed medications will be eligible. However, doctors will no longer have to seek approval from any expert panel and there is no specification that limits which conditions may be treated in this way.
President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Professor Ashok Soni OBE, said:
“ This news will be welcomed by those with serious health conditions.
“ The prospect of a future where safe and effective licensed cannabis-based medicines can be prescribed to help relieve suffering is genuinely exciting. “
“ We will work with the NHS to help support specialists in making the right prescribing decisions. “
Whilst this is a monumental step forwards, the penalties and repercussions of the unauthorised supply and possession of cannabis remain unchanged. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, stated that whilst the legality of cannabis (currently a class B restricted substance in the UK) is changing, the legalisation of recreational cannabis is not the government’s aim.
What does this mean?
- Medicinal cannabis can now be prescribed legally throughout the UK, drastically improving the lives of innumerable people with life-altering conditions.
- The medicinal benefits of cannabis, vehemently denied and refuted by those in authority, have been officially recognised; helping greatly to legitimise the industry.
- Whilst Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, insists the legalisation of recreational use is not the end goal of these legislative changes, cannabis is the most widely used drug in the UK and the medicinal use of this substance only serves to improve its public image and that of recreational users.
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