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United Kingdom Grants Another Medical Cannabis Cultivation License

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Doctors in the United Kingdom have been able to legally recommend medical cannabis for some patients since 2018.

The UK is one of dozens of countries around the globe that allow medical cannabis to be legally recommended to suffering patients in one form or another.

Some countries have better medical cannabis laws than others, and some countries have better medical cannabis industries operating legally than others.

The spectrum ranges from limited CBD options all the way up to licensed cannabis dispensaries, delivery services, and home cultivation.


Access to medical cannabis for U.K. patients under threat due to Brexit

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More than 40 children in the U.K. with severe forms of epilepsy are at risk of losing access to their medicine due to Brexit restrictions, reports The Times.

As of Jan. 1, British prescriptions are no longer recognized in the European Union. With many families travelling to the Netherlands to get their cannabis prescriptions filled — and Dutch law requiring a valid prescription to export cannabis products — they are now left scrambling to find alternatives


Brits can get cannabis for £5 a day as groundbreaking marijuana clinic slashes prices

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A groundbreaking cannabis clinic based in England is offering patients significantly cheaper medical marijuana.



Sapphire Medical Clinics was the first cannabis clinic to get registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and has bases in several cities, including London and Manchester.


Brexit will end medical cannabis access for sick children

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Following the end of the UK’s Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, British children with severe medical conditions will no longer be able to access medical cannabis prescriptions.

In a letter sent to stakeholders, clinics and patient groups last week, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) cautioned that once the transition period ends, prescriptions issued in the UK will no longer be honoured by EU Member States. In practice, this means that severely epileptic children who are essentially reliant on medical cannabis will be wholly unable to access the treatment they need after Brexit, as the supply chain is based in the Netherlands.


U.K. regulatory agency warns CBD users about possible ‘adverse drug reactions’

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The U.K.’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is cautioning people who CBD products, reporting that individuals who suffered harmful side effects following consumption ballooned to 56 in 2019 from just four in 2017.

According to the Daily Mail, the agency cites individuals between the ages of 50 and 59 as reporting a big chunk of the “adverse drug reactions”, numbering 28 since 2007.


Scottish farmers in southern part of country should consider giving medicinal marijuana a go: report

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Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is certainly interested in identifying good, viable crops and suggests medical cannabis could potentially be a good one moving forward.

Weed — along with mushrooms (not that kind) and cut flowers — are among the novel crops that offer promise and could be successful match for farming conditions in the south of Scotland, according to a statement from SRUC.


Massive grow-op with 1,000 cannabis plants raided

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U.K. operation estimated to have a street value of $1.7 million.

Dismantling a sophisticated cannabis grow-op boasting 1,000 plants having an estimated street value of £1 million (about $1.7 million) made for quite a mess — and a big show — for neighbours in Clacton, U.K. last week.

Essex Police busted the illegal growing operation in a disused three-storey building after receiving reports of suspicious activity, according to a Facebook post from police. Work to dismantle the equipment and remove the approximately 1,000 plants started shortly after the raid and reportedly took much of the weekend to complete.


Planting the buds of growth: Why the UK cannabis industry is a viable investment opportunity

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The idea of adding cannabis to your investment portfolio may seem far-fetched. But this once frowned-upon commodity is fast becoming a viable asset for long-term sustainable wealth creation.


The demand for cannabis as a medical treatment is growing rapidly, and the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) predicts that by 2024, the UK medical cannabis market alone will be worth close to £1bn ($1.3bn) and servicing nearly 340,000 active patients. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.


UK to see largest medical cannabis market growth in Europe 2020 to 2025

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Britain is set to see the greatest cannabis medical market growth rate in Europe between 2020-2025.

According to a new report, entitled European Cannabis 2020, by international cannabis market research firm Brightfield Group, expectations to allow for domestic cultivation and general practitioners prescribing in the coming years will result in a 2020-2025 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 98%.

In 2020, Europe’s cannabis market is projected to reach $359m (£269m) in 2020, a rise of 25% from 2019, and will grow to over $3.1bn by 2025, with a 2020-2025 CAGR of 52%.


UK’s “CanCard” Launches

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A new medical cannabis card initiative in the UK is designed to provide a legal argument for exemption from prosecution for possession of cannabis. It won’t just be good for patients, but also police.

While cannabis medicines became legal in the UK in 2018, many patients are unable to afford costly prescription products, so they source cannabis via illicit channels. This not only carries risks relating to quality, but also prosecution; creating stress for patients and drain on police and court resources.


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