Access to cannabis-derived medicines to be made easier

The Drug Dependency Act, introduced in 2015  brought about the idea of treatment rather than imprisonment for those caught with small quantities of prohibited drugs for personal use. The same law also spoke of the medicinal use of cannabis

All doctors may soon be able to prescribe medicine derived from cannabis as government plans to present the legal changes to Parliament in the coming days.

The Bill to amend the Drug Dependency Act will make it possible for general practitioners to prescribe the medicine, a government spokesperson said.

The proposal amends Article 10 of the Drug Dependency Act that limits the ability to prescribe cannabis medicine to specialist doctors.

The changes are also expected to cater for synthetic cannabinoids that have until now fallen into a legal grey area.

Introduced in 2015, the Drug Dependency Act introduced the concept of treatment rather then imprisonment for persons caught in possession of...

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