In June 2015 the APPG published a short pdf report arguing for a rescheduling of cannabis to make it more widely available for medical use. Following the publication of that report there are a number of key questions remaining that it would like to address by means of a Short Inquiry.
CLEAR has long been campaigning for the re-scheduling of cannabis. We will be submitting written evidence to the inquiry and may also be invited to give oral evidence in sessions at the Houses of Parliament during the course of February and March.
According to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001:
Schedule 1 substances are thought to have no therapeutic value and therefore cannot be lawfully possessed or prescribed. These include LSD, MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis. Schedule 1 drugs may be used for the purposes of research but a Home Office licence is required.
Drugs in Schedules 2 or 3 can be prescribed and therefore legally possessed and supplied by pharmacists and doctors. Examples of schedule 2 drugs are methadone and diamorphine (heroin), but also include dronabinol, which is the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) for delta 9 THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Schedule 4 drugs can be possessed as long as they are clearly for personal use. Drugs in this schedule can also be imported or exported for personal use where a person himself carries out that importation or exportation. The most common examples of schedule 4 drugs are steroids and benzodiazepines such as Valium (diazepam).
Schedule 5 drugs are sold over the counter and can be legally possessed without a prescription.
APPG For Drug Policy Reform Website
Regulating Cannabis for Medical Use in the UK
UK Drug Policy Commission Report: Essays On The Governance Of Drug Policy (PDF)
Section 3: Cannabis Classification & Drug Policy Governance