Alfie Dingley’s cannabis medicine prescription secured after Mike Barnes intervention

Alfie Dingley will continue to get access to cannabis medicine – after having his licence revoked – thanks to an intervention by Professor Mike Barnes. The family’s long fight contributed to the legalisation of the use of cannabis medicine to treat epilepsy in the UK, which came into effect on 1 November. However, that law change saw Alfie’s temporary licence lapse, which was secured through a temporary ‘expert panel’ set up by the Home Office, leaving him at the mercy of strict guidelines set for prescribing cannabis. Thankfully Alfie’s supply…

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This Week In Weed – 11 November 2018

Licence for London-based Dragonfly Biosciences London-based Dragonfly Biosciences Ltd has announced that it has secured a licence to create CBD oil, and will begin the production and distribution of medical cannabis early in 2019, when it will also begin to approach Clinical Commissioning Groups. The firm produces the drug at huge open-air farms in Bulgaria. The UK is already Dragonfly’s biggest market for cannabidiol food supplements. The company’s grower in Bulgaria harvests their 420-hectare crop every September, producing around 232,000kg of plants – or six million units a year. It…

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Alfie Dingley’s cannabis medicine licence revoked, priority given to GW’s Epidiolex which won’t be licenced until May

Hannah Deacon has revealed that her son Alfie Dingley’s licence for cannabis medicine has been revoked following the 1 November law change that permits it to be prescribed by specialist doctors. Alfie was given a special licence in July after media attention around epileptic children who were having to break the law to medicate forced the Home Office to set up a temporary ‘expert panel’ to award a limited number of licences. Hannah said recently that since then Alfie has been seizure free and “doing amazingly well”. But now that…

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Jersey leaves UK mainland trailing as GPs are permitted to prescribe medical cannabis from February 2019

Jersey is often portrayed as a culturally backwards throwback to the 1950s but it has left mainland UK behind when it comes to legalising cannabis medicine after politicians there voted that GPs should be allowed to prescribe it. Islanders have been able to receive a free prescription for a cannabis-based painkiller since January but only when issued by hospital staff. Last year, then-Health Minister Andrew Green announced he would be working on legislation that would legalise certain products. However, Deputy Montfort Tadier has been frustrated by the lack of progress…

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Police and courts condemn man who grew cannabis to treat pain in act of useless wickedness

A man from Stoke who grew cannabis to treat pain and because of the poor quality obtainable on the black market has been sentenced to rehabilitation and unpaid community service. The case once again demonstrates the inhumane wickedness of prohibition and the wastefulness it generates in terms of police and state time and resources. Christopher Nicklin, who looks after his parents and two children, had his house raided by police, who found 11 plants, seedlings and a spliff. He told officers he grew his own cannabis solely for his own…

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