Medic­i­nal cannabis avail­able from next month

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

DOC­TORS will be able to pre­scribe cannabis prod­ucts to pa­tients from Novem­ber 1, Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid has an­nounced.

Mr Javid had de­cided to re­lax the rules about the cir­cum­stances in which they can be given to pa­tients, after con­sid­er­ing ex­pert ad­vice from a spe­cially com­mis­sioned re­view.

The new reg­u­la­tions ap­ply to Wales, Eng­land and Scot­land, and fol­low sev­eral high-pro­file cases, in­clud­ing that of young epilepsy suf­fer­ers Al­fie Din­g­ley and Billy Cald­well, whose con­di­tions ap­peared to be helped by cannabis oil.

An ini­tial re­view by chief med­i­cal ad­viser Dame Sally Davies con­cluded that there is ev­i­dence medic­i­nal cannabis has ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits.

The Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on the Mis­use of Drugs, which car­ried out the sec­ond part of the re­view, said doc­tors should be able to pre­scribe medic­i­nal cannabis pro­vided prod­ucts meet safety stan­dards.

It rec­om­mended cannabis-de­rived medic­i­nal prod­ucts should be placed in Sched­ule 2 of the Mis­use of Drugs Reg­u­la­tions 2001. Cannabis had pre­vi­ously been classed as a Sched­ule 1 drug, mean­ing it is thought to have no ther­a­peu­tic value.

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