This Week In Weed – 24 March 2019

Not enough cannabis prescriptions for NHS England to publish Figures on NHS England prescriptions for medical cannabis are unlikely to be published by the end of March 2019, despite ministerial assurances that they would, The Pharmaceutical Journal has been told. On 10 January 2019, pharmacy minister Steve Brine said in a parliamentary written question that […]

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Baroness Blackwood claims patients are not being denied cannabis medicine

On the 4th of March in the House of Lords Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford made the bold claim that “patients are not being denied access” to cannabis medicine. Patients and the families of disabled children who know this was a lie are outraged. The Baroness also made the huge mistake of saying that the […]

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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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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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Young adults turn away from alcohol problem fuelled by upper classes

The proportion of people drinking to excess in England has fallen slightly in the last year, largely because young adults – including the oft-maligned millenials – continue to turn away from alcohol. While rises in alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions are growing in absolute terms – roughly in line with population growth – broadly stable […]

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