New Zealand makes cannabis legal for terminally ill with further decriminalisation to follow in a year

New Zealand’s Government has passed a law – by 63 votes to 53 – that will “make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time”. The legislation will allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution. However, patients suffering with chronic pain will have to […]

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Guidelines on prescribing cannabis products throw up range of barriers and hoops

With “cannabis-based” medicine becoming legal for specialist doctors to prescribe from 1 November, the Department for Health and Social Care has issued guidelines for specialists to follow. These products can now be prescribed “medicinally where there is an unmet clinical need” by specialists, ie clinicians listed on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council. […]

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Report: Cannabis medicine will only be prescribed for three conditions

Legal cannabis medicine will only be prescribed to help treat three conditions, according to the Telegraph, contradicting the Government’s statement that “the new law will not limit the types of conditions that can be considered for treatment”. The newspaper reports that it “understands formal NHS England guidelines, due to be released before 1 November, will […]

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BREAKING: UK Home Office Makes Medical Cannabis Applications Available

The Home Office released its latest position on medical cannabis within the UK on Wednesday 28 June. These first faltering steps into a brave new world offer hope to thousands of patients, but many are going to be unhappy with the finer details of Medical Cannabis UK 1.0. It must be stressed that this is […]

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