Marijuana rules relaxed
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.