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.