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UK Lawmakers Call for Medical Cannabis Funding for Patients

The United Kingdom (UK) has one of the strictest medical cannabis programs out of all of the countries that have legalized cannabis for medical use.

Obviously, the United Kingdom’s medical cannabis program is better than having no medical cannabis program at all. However, it leaves a lot to be desired, much to the detriment of medical cannabis patients in the UK.

The United Kingdom’s medical cannabis policy changed in 2018 to allow medical cannabis prescriptions for situations involving “exceptional clinical need.”

Unfortunately, that policy change has helped very few patients, leaving many to have to seek expensive cannabis therapies elsewhere.


The New British Cannabis Patient Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Can the use of a British cannabis patient card alleviate one of the biggest anxieties known to cannabis patients in the United Kingdom?

There is not a single cannabis patient, globally, even in jurisdictions where cannabis has now become legal, who has not felt this fear at some point over the last decade (at minimum): What happens if I get busted for possession?

Beyond the press, and the celebratory news of the progression of the industry, in the weeds and the everyday hum and drum of daily life, every patient faces this—and for reasons ranging from sheer bad luck to even friends, neighbors, and others deciding that they do not like the smell wafting out of a closed apartment door, or the garden next door.


UK’s National Health Service Launches Cannabis Patient Registry

The cannabis plant is one of the oldest medicines on earth, with humans having used it for medical purposes for thousands of years.

It wasn’t until the better part of a hundred years ago that medical cannabis became prohibited on a global scale.

Cannabis is medicine, as proven by tens of thousands of peer-reviewed studies and countless personal experiences of patients that have successfully treated their condition(s) with cannabis.

Fortunately, more countries have legalized cannabis for medical use than ever before in the post-prohibition era, including in the United Kingdom.


London Mayor Plans Commission To Study Cannabis Decriminalization

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will form a commission to study the potential of decriminalization of cannabis if he is re-elected next month, according to media reports from the United Kingdom. Khan was expected to unveil the proposal to study the health, economic, and criminal justice benefits of cannabis decriminalization on Tuesday as part of his platform for re-election.


How Britain's crown dependencies plan to cash in on cannabis

Just miles off the coast of the UK, Britain’s crown dependencies smell opportunity in the air.

Typically known for their tax-friendly regulation and as an outpost for wealthy entrepreneurs, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey have all introduced new legislation allowing for easier investment in a new and emerging market - medicinal cannabis cultivation.

In January, the Isle of Man’s parliament approved plans to sell licences to grow and export cannabis for medicinal use. As a crown dependency, like both Guernsey and Jersey, it is self governing - meaning it does not need to wait for permission from the UK government.


Scotland's first cannabis clinic to open after regulators give green light

Regulators have approved Scotland's first medicinal cannabis clinic.

Stirling's Sapphire Medical Clinics has been authorised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland to provide safe access to medical cannabis to Scottish patients.

Business Insider reports that the private clinic is offering virtual appointments from today and will be offering face-to-face consultations when coronavirus restrictions allow it.


Growing cannabis at home: how COVID-19 has fueled a boom around the world

Back in the days when “skunk” was mainly associated with Pepé Le Pew and hydroponics was a way of improving cucumbers, most of the UK’s cannabis supply was imported from places such as Morocco and Lebanon. This changed in the past two or three decades in the UK and many other countries as organised criminal gangs set up growing operations closer to home.


Separate shipments lead to the same result: Irish authorities intercept weed from U.S., Canada, Spain and the U.K.

Irish Revenue officials have once again intercepted packages containing cannabis from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Spain thanks to the Baileys, two drug-detecting dogs whose sole mission is to sniff out contraband.

In all, packages received at both the Dublin and Athlone mail centres contained 141,000 euros (just shy of $213,000) in illicit weed.


Edinburgh cannabis cafe opens with hemp baked goods to be served this week

stack of cookies with cannabis next to

Vitality and Kynd in 14 Leven Street, owned by businessman Jas Nottay, is currently serving hemp coffees and other hot drinks infused with legal cannabis products from a hatch after it opened earlier this month.

The all-vegan coffee shop will be serving baked goods, including muffins, cookies and brownies, made using hemp and CBD oil as of this week.

Manager Kat Seale said the response so far to the new cafe had been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Vitality & Kynd has opened in 14 Leven Street, Edinburgh picture: supplied


British Hemp Company launches in Wiltshire to unlock crop’s potential to help UK hit carbon target

tractor in a hemp field

A hemp farming business has launched in Wiltshire with a strategy to revive growth of the crop throughout the South West countryside and reduce Britain's carbon footprint.

Operating from a mill in Warminster, the British Hemp Company is the first company to process exclusively UK-grown hemp at scale.

Last year the business secured licenses from the Home Office for 12 growing locations throughout the country, including Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales.

It hopes to process 150 tons of hemp from 700 and 800 acres over the next year and has unveiled a range of nutrition and body care products, from hemp seed oil to hand balm.


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