Only Five Patients Apply For Medicinal Cannabis Licence Due To Extortionate Fee

A new government panel set up to give patients a licence for medicinal cannabis has received almost no applications after the Home Office imposed a fee of £3,655 per patient, according to The Times.

The paper said that  fewer than five applications have been received. Patients have condemned the panel as a “farce” and a “gesture” aimed at placating the public and media.

Applicants for a licence, who must be clinicians on the General Medical Council’s specialist register, fill in an 11-page form detailing every drug prescribed to the patient with a “comprehensive” explanation of why he or she is “genuinely clinically exceptional”. The form says “very few” patients will qualify.

For NHS patients, the £3,655 fee is paid by a hospital trust, not the patient. But hospital trusts, like the rest of the NHS, is notoriously underfunded.

The first person granted a licence is Sophia Gibson, 7, from Co Down, who has a severe form of epilepsy.

Lara Smith, a sufferer from chronic pain who travels to Amsterdam for cannabis, told The Times she would not be using the new procedure, which she described as “farcical” and “prohibitive”.

She added: “The cost and complexity is a massive barrier.” The Home Office said it would “urgently review” the fees.

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Comments (3)

  1. This is absolutely disgusting! People who use black market cannabis for pain relief don't want to break the law, but are FORCED to take control of the pain relief.
  2. yeah we need to grow loads and sell it to teenagers to be able to afford the licence to grow it legally,, way to go uk gov, good fucking job......

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