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Medical cannabis available in the UK from November

18th October 2018

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that doctors in the UK will be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis products to their patients from November this year, following a review earlier this year into cannabis used for medicinal purposes, and well publicised stories of two young epilepsy patients being denied access to cannabis oil to help control their seizures. Cannabis has up till now been considered to have no therapeutic value, and classed as a schedule one drug. It can however be used for the purposes of research with a Home Office licence. Such a licence was granted to both young patients.
The first part of the review was undertaken by Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer. Her review concluded there is some evidence of therapeutic benefits to be had from medicinal cannabis. The second part of the review was undertaken by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. They concluded that as long as medicinal cannabis products meet safety standards, doctors should be allowed to prescribe them, and their recommendation was to put cannabis-derived medicinal products in schedule two of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

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