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The U.K. just got its first bulk medical cannabis shipment

The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.


Aurora Cannabis (ACB) completes first commercial export of cannabis oil to the UK

Aurora Cannabis (ACB) announced that it has completed its first commercial export of cannabis oil to the United Kingdom (UK) and the product has been successfully dispensed from a pharmacy. Authorities there recently granted the Company approval for its first shipment of medical cannabis into the UK from Canada under its new legal framework that came into effect on November 1, 2018.

Under the new UK framework, specialist doctors can legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment.


Medical cannabis is now in the UK, but nobody can get a prescription

In November last year, home secretary Sajid Javid introduced legislation which made it possible for people to legally access cannabis for medical reasons. At the time, campaigners hailed it as a landmark victory – the Conservative government had typically taken a hardline stance on rescheduling drugs – and scientists and researchers welcomed the change. People around the UK, who had been self-medicating with cannabis for years, expected the law to finally make their lives easier.


UK's first completely legal cannabis farm to be built in 'secret' location

Cannabis production is set to come to the UK on an industrial scale after the first fully legal farm was granted planning permission.

A site in the West Country, which has not been made public, will be transformed into a seven-acre greenhouse to grow the plants.

The scheme will cost £10million and the crops will be used for medicinal purposes and cannabidiol products. 

London-based firm Sativa Investments is behind the plan for the Wiltshire venture, Somerset Live reports.


UK’s NHS will not prescribe medical cannabis to those in chronic pain

The UK’s National Health Service serves over one million people every day-and-a-half, a formational source of health care in a country with a population of less than 55 million. Many of those individuals suffer from a condition entailing chronic pain, which since October, qualifies them for a doctor’s recommendation for medicinal cannabis. But some residents have reported seeing troubling literature at Royal Derby Hospital, saying that clinical staff will not recommend medical cannabis to chronic pain patients due to “the risk of serious side effects.”


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A Canadian company aims to bring cannabis products to U.K. this year

Canopy Growth Corp. has joined forces with a U.K. researcher of cannabis-based therapies after the British government moved to liberalize the use of medical marijuana.

The new company, formed with Beckley Canopy Therapeutics Ltd., aims to make products available in Britain from early this year. The government made it legal for specialist doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients with severe clinical need in November.


With medical cannabis legal in the U.K., Canopy Growth plans to start selling there in the first half of 2019

Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) has expanded its international footprint with the legalization of cannabis in U.K, as reported in a recent article.

“Mark Ware, chief medical officer for Canopy Growth (which generated $80 million in sales last year), said a new U.K. subsidiary, Spectrum Biomedical, would begin importing and distributing cannabis to pharmacies at the request of physicians in the first half of 2019,” The Telegraph reports.


Wife makes emotional plea for release of husband held over cannabis oil

The wife of a British man arrested for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil in Bali has made an emotional appeal for his release, saying he “made a mistake but doesn’t deserve five to 15 years in prison.”

Michelle Holmes, 41, said her husband, Pip, 45, knew he had “crossed the line” but said he was a “good man with a good heart” who had used the medicinal cannabis oil to treat severe arthritis that required a titanium hip replacement six years ago.

“He would not have done this unless he was in a lot pain,” said Ms Holmes, the mother of his two children aged 11 and eight who has been separated from her husband for a year.


Briton arrested for 'tiny' amount of cannabis oil in Bali

A British man who could face the death penalty after he was arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil has admitted he has been "very stupid".

Pip Holmes, understood to be a 45-year-old artist from Cornwall, was one of five foreigners paraded at a news conference in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province last week.

The father-of-two is accused of receiving nearly 31kg of cannabis oil in the mail.

Mr Holmes, who describes himself as an artist and surfer, claims he was caught with just a tiny amount - around 3g - of medicinal THC oil.

He says he uses it to treat arthritis.

Mr Holmes' family has launched a crowdfunding page to raise $85,000 (£67,000) for legal fees to keep him out of prison.


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