Sajid Javid looks into easing rules on medical cannabis prescription

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to carry out study for home secretary
The Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is considering whether cannabis could be made easier to prescribe for medical use, Downing Street has said. It comes after a review last month was published in which the chief medical officer of England, Sally Davies, concluded there was evidence of “therapeutic benefit” for some conditions. Javid ordered part one of the review last month after a number of high-profile cases involving children being denied access to cannabis oil to control epileptic seizures. Cannabis is currently a schedule 1 drug, which means it is thought to have no therapeutic value and cannot be legally possessed or prescribed. (See also: Medical cannabis: Doctors 'should be able to prescribe drug', says UK's chief adviser)