Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: make medicinal cannabis available on prescription

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has told the government that doctors in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions. It comes after high profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil, such as Sophia Gibson and Jace Newton-Sealey. The government must now agree on a definition for these products. The Council recommended that clinical trials be carried out urgently to improve understanding of medicinal cannabis products, as well as their safety and effectiveness.…

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Lebanon to legalise cannabis cultivation to boost economy

Lebanon is set to legalise cannabis cultivation and its production for medicinal use. Although no time frame has been specified and no government is currently in place due to ongoing negotiations in the wake of a general election in May, House Speaker Nabih Berri has told US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard that legalisation has broad political backing since a report by consulting firm McKinsey & Co recommended the move in order to boost the country’s weak economy. Economy Minister Raed Khoury recently boasted that the quality of Lebanon’s cannabis…

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Parents apply for cannabis oil to alleviate one-year-old’s frequent seizures

The family of a one-year-old boy who suffers with frequent and severe seizures say they are “running out of treatment options” for their son and have applied for a cannabis oil licence. Jace Newton-Sealey from Swansea was born with the very rare genetic disorder Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), which leads to abnormally high levels of the molecule glycine. As his body is unable to break down this amino acid, glycine builds up in his blood and the fluid around his brain. This affects his organs and brain and causes him to…

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Sell cannabis like alcohol and cigarettes, says British public in new poll

A majority of the British public back the legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis use so that it would be sold in shops like alcohol and tobacco, according to a BMG Research poll for the Independent. More than 1,500 people were asked if they supported or opposed the proposal that “cannabis be legalised, so that it is sold legally within a government regulated market in the same way that alcohol and tobacco is”. Overall, 22% strongly backed the move, while 29% somewhat supported it, making total support 51%. Strongly opposed were…

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Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away, says Lamb

A substantial fall in the number of prosecutions and cautions for possessing the drug show that the police are in effect ‘starting to decriminalise’ cannabis, says Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb. Figures from the Ministry of Justice, released in response to a parliamentary question from Lamb, show that last year only 15,120 people in England and Wales were prosecuted for possession of cannabis, a fall of 19% since 2015. Police issued cautions to 6,524 people in 2017 – 34% fewer than two years before. Lamb, who has called for a…

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