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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NHS pain specialists put up notices telling patients not to bother asking for medical cannabis

NHS pain specialists are putting up notices in their clinics telling patients not to bother asking for medical cannabis. The move has been made presumably in an attempt to spare specialists the embarrassment of having to explain their actions to their patients face-to-face. One such notice photographed and passed on to the UKCSC reads: “Following […]

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Chronically ill Jazi Allen denied cannabis medicine because she ‘does not fit the criteria’

Chronically ill Jazi Allen has been told that she cannot be prescribed cannabis medicine because she “does not fit the criteria”, despite the fact that she is routinely hospitalised and has experienced relief from pain, sickness and opioid dependency by smoking cannabis. Her mum Carol admits she was anti-cannabis until it helped her daughter, who […]

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