Mar­i­juana rules re­laxed

The Southland Times - - World -

Al­most 80,000 spe­cial­ist doc­tors in Bri­tain will be able to pre­scribe cannabis prod­ucts from the start of Novem­ber af­ter the gov­ern­ment out­lined yes­ter­day how a re­lax­ation of the rules on med­i­cal mar­i­juana would work. The Home Of­fice said that GPs would not be able to pre­scribe the drug but they would be able to re­fer pa­tients to spe­cial­ists who could do so with­out fur­ther au­thor­ity. Cannabis medicines will only be al­lowed to be ad­min­is­tered in cer­tain reg­u­lated forms, such as resin, and pa­tients will not be al­lowed to smoke the raw plant. There are just un­der 80,000 doc­tors on the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil’s spe­cial­ist reg­is­ter who will be al­lowed to pre­scribe the drug. Only those who fo­cus on a sin­gle field of medicine, such as neu­rol­ogy or pae­di­atrics, are on the list. Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid said he was act­ing af­ter be­ing moved by ‘‘heart­break­ing cases’’ in­volv­ing chil­dren with se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

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