The legalisation of medical cannabis in November 2018 was hailed as a landmark victory for the British medical industry, with scientists, researchers and patients alike all welcoming the change in law. However, whilst many took this as the beginning of a new progressive era in modern medicine, the reality is far removed.
Today regulations around the use and supply of medical cannabis remain vague and prescriptions are scarce. In fact, at the end of May 2019, Seema Kennedy, a public health minister, claimed that only six NHS prescriptions had been issued since the re-scheduling, with just ten private prescriptions issued between January and February 2019. This is despite there being over 80,000 UK doctors who are certified to prescribe medical cannabis.
For the handful of patients who have managed to obtain NHS prescriptions, many have had their access restricted by local clinical commissioning groups, on the basis that there is insufficient