May dodges NHS cannabis medicine prescriptions scandal at PMQs

Theresa May refused to take any responsibility for the scandal around cannabis medicine prescriptions at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday. Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour MP for Gower, said the rescheduling of cannabis in November “hasn’t changed anything, not a single new NHS prescription has been issued, causing the parents of children with epilepsy in particular unbearable […]

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Paul Flynn, MP who campaigned for medical cannabis, dies aged 84

Paul Flynn, who once challenged MPs to smoke cannabis in parliament as an act of civil disobedience, died on Monday aged 84. The Welshman’s 32-year career in the House of Commons included the sensational speech just last year when he called the government’s drug policy an act of “barbaric stupidity” and told MPs they had […]

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Wide-ranging study: punitive cannabis policies do not deter young people

A wide-ranging study has found that there is no evidence that punitive policies deter young people from using cannabis. In a study of data of cannabis use among 100,000 teenagers in 38 countries, the University of Kent study found no association between more liberal policies on cannabis use and higher rates of teenage cannabis use. […]

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UK cannabis medicine trial limited to 150 prescriptions

A small number of patients are to be given cannabis medicine prescriptions as part of a UK trial to test their effectiveness. GW Pharmaceuticals have offered an early access programme and made available 150 prescriptions, 125 for children and 25 for adults. That means, for example, that Dr Chris Rittey, a consultant pediatric neurologist at […]

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How Mail, Sun and co misled public over ‘teenage cannabis depression link’

A study which tentatively links teenage use of cannabis use to later depression in adulthood “cannot prove that cannabis use in teenagers caused depression in young adults”, the NHS has said. That didn’t stop the scaremongering headlines from being printed by the irresponsible British media, of course. “Teen cannabis use is to blame for 60,000 […]

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