Cannabis And The United Kingdom: Where Are We Now?

The Path to Medicinal Use

On September 21 2018, the U.K. Government announced that cannabis-based products for medicinal use would become available for specialist doctors to prescribe legally. Keeping true to their word, November 1 of that year marked a watershed moment towards the approach to cannabis in the U.K., as the Government legalized its use for medicinal purposes. Significant public pressure acted as a catalyst, specifically in relation to the stories of two children: Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley and their extraordinary, yet very clear use case. Then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, conducted a listening exercise on the availability of medicinal cannabis, concluding, “Having been moved by heartbreaking cases involving sick children, it was important to me that we took swift action to help those who can benefit from medicinal cannabis.”

This past December, Carly Barton was understood to be the first patient to have medical cannabis prescribed in

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