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14 October 2018
The use of Cannabis

Cannabis as a medicine

Doctors in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine in less than a month, the home secretary has announced.

Sajid Javid previously announced cannabis-derived medicinal products were to be placed in schedule 2 of the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations, allowing clinicians to prescribe them.

On Thursday, the home secretary confirmed the regulations would come into force on 1 November.

The changes come after a series of high-profile cases involving children being denied access to cannabis oil to control epileptic seizures. The cases include those of Billy Caldwell, 12, and Alfie Dingley, six, who have forms of intractable epilepsy, also known as refractory epilepsy, that appears to be eased by the use of cannabis oil.

Source: The Guardian

Howard Marks (1945-2016), the international drug dealer from Pyle, advocated the use of cannabis legally to the extent that he stood as a candidate for parliament in two constituencies at the same time to promote his views.   Now, several decades later, it seems that the use of cannabis as a medicine is being accepted.

 

Source: Neath Ferret archives

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