Britain to legalize medicinal use of cannabis

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is to allow doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis, following a relaxation of the law governing drugs derived from the banned plant.

FILE PHOTO: Cannabis plants are seen in a greenhouse at the headquarters of AGES agency in Vienna, Austria March 15, 2018. Picture taken March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Interior minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday that specialist physicians would be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products from the autumn. Recreational use will remain prohibited.

The decision follows the high-profile case of a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy who was denied access to cannabis oil, which prompted a national debate and reviews by experts.

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“Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory,” Javid said.

“Following advice from two sets of independent advisers, I have taken the decision to reschedule cannabis-derived medicinal products – meaning they will be available on prescription.”

Scientists say evidence is growing that cannabis can ease epilepsy and other conditions – such as chronic…

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