Thankyou Guardian for sorting through all the white noise and providing a sense of reality and as usual it’s one rule for the wealthy and absolutely nothing for everybody else.

That’s what happens when you let Etonians run the country

The Guardian reports 2 July…

Mother of Alfie Dingley says parents are despondent at lack of access to full-extract oil

There have been no new NHS prescriptions for full-extract cannabis oil since the medicinal use of the drug was legalised more than 18 months ago, the Guardian has established.

Wealthier families and those who can successfully raise funds pay about £2,000 a month to access full-leaf cannabis medicines via private prescription for children with rare forms of treatment-resistant epilepsy, while poorer parents are unable to afford the prescriptions.

Experts say that, despite the drug’s legality, rigid prescribing guidelines for doctors set by the British Paediatric Neurological Association – which cite a lack of clinical research and reference disputed theories about the mental health effects of cannabis – make getting hold of the medicine on the NHS difficult in practice.

A freedom of information (FoI) request to the NHS business services authority confirmed there were no new prescriptions for the oil in England between its legalisation and the end of February. There is understood to have been no change since.

On the NHS, full-extract cannabis oil imported from the Netherlands has continued to be prescribed to just two children with rare forms of epilepsy, Alfie Dingley and Sophia Gibson, who both received emergency interim licences from the Home Office in summer 2018 following high-profile campaigning.

“The government’s medical cannabis legislation has been a disaster,” said Hannah Deacon, the mother of eight-year-old Alfie, who used to have up to 500 life-threatening seizures a month but can now ride his bike and go to school – with his seizures hugely reduced.

“If you look at the children who have been given it privately, they are doing extremely well. It’s just terribly cruel and incredibly unfair that we should benefit and other children cannot.”

Full story  https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/01/anger-at-nhs-failure-to-prescribe-cannabis-oil-medicines

 

Also in Australia it is the same story

In both jurisdictions it is a complete furphy that medical cannabis is available for the general public and the sooner people stop paying attention to corporate webinars and press releases as well politicians who don’t care about the subject other than political mileage. We won’t even mention their astounding lack of knowledge on the subject

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Australia, but people like Grace are still turning to the black market

ABC Australia reports

After Grace* was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she turned to medicinal cannabis.

But accessing it through legal medical channels was a challenge: she faced long waiting times and substantial paperwork.

“I was offered through an illegal source where I could get it very quickly, and because my tumours were aggressive and time is of the essence, I decided to opt for the non-medical option,” she tells ABC RN’s Life Matters.

Grace started to get cannabidiol (CBD) oil sent to her in the post, in an olive oil bottle.

But concerns about the illegalities of the drug started to weigh on her conscience, and she worried about the chemical composition of the CBD oil she was taking.

“If you’re obtaining it through a medical source and it’s been approved, there’s stringent procedures and processes in order to create that oil. Whereas if I’m getting it off an illegal source, it’s hard to actually know exactly what I’m taking,” she says.

She decided to “have another look at obtaining it through the medical channels” — but in the end, she opted to “stick with the illegal source”.

“It just seemed like the most easiest, cost effective option for me,” Grace says.

Full story at.  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-02/medicinal-cannabis-use-in-australia-black-market/12387408