Firstly here’s the Home Office press release and then the UK media reports of note, and, as both the Independent and the Guardian clearly define……
The Home Secretary , Sajid Javid, has received advice from independent advisors (as previously reported in CLJ) and acted on that advice by announcing that medical cannabis will be designated schedule 2 so that doctors may prescribe for specific conditions as determined by the Home Office.
We presume they have a prepared designated list and will seek more advice from relevant bodies as and when further conditions are requested to be added to the list.
This is not as some would have you believe, legalisation. Reading the press release you’ll see a very clear and defined outline of how the Home Office intends to manage the “process” of medical cannabis.
The Tories may well be in disarray but the wheels of Westminster have turned this way for many a century and will continue to do so.
Note how the Guardian headline their article “Eases Rules”
UK HOME OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
Specialist clinicians will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by the autumn, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced today.
Medical cannabis will be made available on prescription after it was approved for use by the government.
Doctors will be able to prescribe medicine derived from marijuana“by the autumn” the Home Office announced.
The home secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory.
“Following advice from two sets of independent advisors, I have taken the decision to reschedule cannabis-derived medicinal products – meaning they will be available on prescription.
“This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need.”
But Mr Javid said it was “in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”
Cannabis-based medicines get green light as UK eases rules
Relaxation of laws means doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis
Thu 26 Jul 2018 20.43 BST
Hannah Deacon and her son, Alfie Dingley, whose form of epilepsy appears to be eased by cannabis oil. Photograph: Maggie Deacon/PA
Doctors in the UK will be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine after the government announced a relaxation of laws governing access to the substance.
Thousands of people with drug-resistant conditions will potentially be able to use cannabis-derived medicinal products for treatment after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, announced they should be placed in schedule 2 of the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations, allowing clinicians to prescribe them by the autumn.
Cannabis has been classed as a schedule 1 drug, meaning it is thought to have no therapeutic value and cannot be lawfully possessed or prescribed. It may be used for the purposes of research, but a Home Office licence is required.
The move by the home secretary comes after the government’s official drug advisers and the chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, separately concluded there was evidence of therapeutic benefit for some conditions.
The reviews came after a number of high-profile cases involving children being denied access to cannabis oil to control epileptic seizures. The cases included those of Billy Caldwell, 12, and Alfie Dingley, six, who have forms of intractable epilepsy, also known as refractory epilepsy, that appear to be eased by the use of cannabis oil.
This is the sort of US headline that will need to be ignored…