Medical cannabis to be legalised in the UK

Medical cannabis will be made available on prescription within weeks after it was approved for use by the government.

Medical cannabis will be made available on prescription within weeks after it was approved for use by the government. The landmark move will pave the way for thousands of patients battling serious conditions to get relief from pain and seizures.

Thousands of people with drug-resistant conditions will potentially be able to use cannabis-derived products for treatment after the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced they should be placed in schedule 2 of the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations, allowing specialist doctors to prescribe them by the end of the year.

In announcing the move, the Home Secretary said: “Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory. Following advice from two sets of independent advisors, I have taken the decision to reschedule cannabis-derived medicinal products – meaning they will be available on prescription. This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need”.

Possession of the class B drug will still carry an unlimited fine and up to five years in jail, while dealers of the drug can face up to 14 years in prison.

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