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Police boss says UK should regulate cannabis and allow home grows

A UK police boss has said that the UK should regulate cannabis and people should be allowed to grow a small amount in their own home.

Arfon Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales has long advocated the legalisation of drugs. In 2017 he visited Portugal to learn about the country’s decriminalisation model, and has more recently visited Uruguay to find out more about how the UK could regulate cannabis.


Roadmap for doctors: helping doctors become cannabis prescribers

A new ‘roadmap for doctors’ has been published to help doctors in the UK become medical cannabis prescribers.

Today the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society has published an independent step-by-step guide for doctors who want to become medical cannabis prescribers to help their patients living with chronic health conditions.


UK’s first network of medical cannabis clinics set to open more sites

Doctors working for The Medical Cannabis Clinics are now breaking the mould to allow qualifying patients access to cannabis across the country with more clinic sites set to open in the coming months.

The Medical Cannabis Clinics, recently CQC registered, is the UK’s largest and fastest growing chain of private cannabis clinics, with doctors now operating from seven locations across the country and more openings planned over the coming months to meet patient demand.


London professor appointed chairman of Europe medicinal cannabis body

A long-standing member of the UK Government Regulatory Agency Medicines Commission and King’s College, London professor has been appointed as chairman of the European Medicinal Cannabis Association.

The European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA), the newly formed Brussels-based industry body which advocates for European evidence-based policy to improve patient access to high-quality cannabis treatment, has announced the appointment of Professor Jones, CBE, FMedSci, as its new Chairman.


CMC calls on UK government to review medical cannabis policy

Today, the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) is calling on the UK government to urgently review medical cannabis policy relating to cannabis access.

The call comes as the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis publishes a breakdown of the largest ever UK survey showing the extent of the prevalence of use of street-available cannabis for diagnosed medical conditions amongst the general population in England, Wales and Scotland.


Millions of Brits buy cannabis illegally to treat conditions like cancer and MS

Around 1.4million Brits buy cannabis illegally to treat medical conditions.

They include 100,000 cancer patients, 50,000 people with multiple sclerosis and 250,000 with arthritis, a YouGov survey has claimed.

Experts have begged the Government to change the law to give patients legal access.

Steve Moore, of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis, said: “These shocking findings quantify what we long suspected – almost 3% of the UK adult population are choosing to use cannabis rather than traditional pharmaceutical products.”

The Department of Health said: “We have changed the law to allow patient access to cannabis-based products.”

Taxpayers have also spent more than £2.5billion processing up to 8,000 criminals a year for cannabis offences since 2015.


The UK Cannabis Report: legal cannabis market to reach £2.31bn by 2024

A new report from Prohibition Partners forecasts the UK legal cannabis market to reach £2.31bn by 2024.

Prohibition Partners has produced The UK Cannabis Report which examines the future challenges and opportunities for the UK cannabis sector, and puts forth the billion pound forecast for the future of the market.


United Patients Alliance: looking to the future of UK medical cannabis

Medical cannabis advocacy group, the United Patients Alliance, look to the future of medical cannabis in the UK.

It’s been over a year since the Government took the welcome step of recognising the medicinal value of cannabis and made it available on prescription.


U.K. P.M. sparks MP’s outrage after reneging on pre-election promise to discuss access to medical cannabis

Scottish health care advocates are furious with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he made a swift reversal regarding a pre-election promise to review the use of medical cannabis for treating children who suffer from epilepsy.

Back in October, Johnson pledged to personally examine the issue with Scottish National Party MP and medical cannabis supporter Ronnie Cowan after questions emerged in the House of Commons regarding access to medical CBD.


Cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy available on NHS from January

People with severe epilepsy will be able to access a cannabis-based medicine on the NHS from early next year after it was fast-tracked for use.

NHS England said doctors would be able to prescribe Epidyolex from 6 January.

It will be for children from age two, as well as adults, but some campaigners warn it is "too little too late".

Clinical trials have shown the oral solution, which contains cannabidiol (CBD), could reduce the number of seizures by up to 40% in some children.

The medicine will be used to treat two rare, but severe, forms of childhood epilepsy - Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome - which can cause multiple seizures a day


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