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Vera Twomey celebrates after Dutch medicinal cannabis funded up front

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Campaigner fought lengthy battle to obtain Bedrocan for sick daughter Ava

Vera Twomey has spoken of her joy at decision. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw


Campaigner Vera Twomey, who fought a lengthy battle to obtain medicinal cannabis for her sick daughter, Ava, has spoken of her joy after hearing the Bedrocan drug will now be funded up front.

Ms Twomey, of Aghabullogue, Co Cork had to find thousands of euro on a regular basis to pay for Dutch medical cannabis Bedrocan, which was excluded from the Medical Cannabis Access Cannabis programme (CAP).

Ms Twomey said about 60 per cent of existing medicinal cannabis patients are on Bedrocan under an individual license system.


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Post-Brexit labour shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production

The company that owns the UK’s biggest cannabis production site for use in pharmaceuticals has called for changes to immigration policy following labour shortages after it was excluded from a visa scheme for farm workers.

Peter Watson, agriculture director of British Sugar — which grows cannabis for use in epilepsy medicines at Wissington in Norfolk — blamed the recruitment problems on the rules of the seasonal agricultural workers’ scheme.

The labour problems come as investments in cannabis companies soar after several countries, including the UK, legalised the use of medicines using extracts from the plant.


Post-Brexit labour shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production

The company that owns the UK’s largest production base for cannabis for pharmaceuticals is calling for changes in immigration policy following a labor shortage after being excluded from the visa system for agricultural workers.

Peter Watson, agricultural director of British Sugar, who grows cannabis for epilepsy in Withington, Norfolk, raises the issue of recruitment. Seasonal agricultural workers’ plans..

Labor problems arise as investment in cannabis companies surges after several countries, including the United Kingdom, have legalized the use of medicines using extracts from plants.


Medical cannabis campaigners visit Westminster

Medical cannabis campaigners visited Westminster as part of a walk from Belfast to London to raise funds for the UK’s most vulnerable, chronically ill that need access to medical cannabis.


Isle Of Man Kicks Off Medical Cannabis Industry Applications

The Government of the Isle of Man has begun accepting applications for the production, distribution and export of medicinal cannabis products.

The Isle of Man, population 84,584, is a self-governing British Crown dependency situated in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.

Early this year, its government introduced a regulatory framework allowing commercial operators to grow, manufacture, distribute and export cannabis products under licence. The Gambling Supervision Commission (‘GSC’) is the regulator for the sector and has completed guidance to the framework, opening the way for applications.


Mould Contamination Leads To UK Medical Cannabis Recall

The UK Government has issued an alert relating to medical cannabis flower products affected by mould.

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Exploring the emerging UK CBD industry

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Scotland's first patients prescribed legal cannabis

Scotland's first medical cannabis clinic has begun prescribing to patients suffering from chronic pain conditions.

The Sapphire Medical Clinic in Stirling was approved by regulators in March and received hundreds of inquiries.

The private clinic provides unlicensed cannabis-based medicines for people with conditions that do not meet the criteria for NHS-prescribed cannabis products.

Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018 and doctors are allowed to prescribe it in certain situations.

However, so far only one product - for children with rare forms of epilepsy - is available on the NHS in Scotland.


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