Medicinal cannabis legalisation could well open the door to allowing recreational use, whatever Sajid Javid says

Only two things are clear in the Home Office move to allow access to cannabis for health reasons: you won’t be allowed to smoke a joint and the home secretary is adamant the new policy is not a step towards allowing access to cannabis for pleasure. But this still leaves a lot of issues unclear.

For example defining exactly what a “cannabis-based medicinal product” is has proved to be tricky. The Home Office asked its scientific advisers the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to help draw up a definition. The ACMD responded by raising concerns about the interim definition proposed by the Home Office as it does not include safety or quality standards. This means cannabis-based products might circumvent the regulatory scrutiny that other medicines have to go through before they are made available.

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