MP welcomes approval for medicinal cannabis
and Highbridge MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the news
that cannabis-derived medicinal products will soon be available
on prescription from clinicians without a Home Office license.
Heappey says he's been contacted by several constituents who have
been in need of the medicine and seen significant improvements as
a result of using cannabis-based products abroad.
Secretary Sajid Javid has now sought advice from the Advisory Council
on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) about how to introduce the availability
of medicinal cannabis on prescription.
Javid said his intention is to ensure a system is in place which
enables those in need to have access to the most appropriate course
of medical treatment.
Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have seen first-hand from
constituents who have attended my surgeries about this issue and
the use of medicinal cannabis to relieve pain and so I am very glad
we have moved quickly in order to make this available on prescription
from qualified clinicians who believe it is the best form of medicine
for the patient."
course, there will always be people who say this blurs the lines
between recreational and medicinal use. However, I do not accept
this. I remain opposed to cannabis for recreational use and this
is just about benefitting those who are in pain from medical conditions
which require this kind of treatment."
Mr Javid said in his briefing to MPs, this has never been about
the legalisation or decriminalisation of cannabis and the penalties
for unlawful possession, supply or production will remain unchanged."
know many people will be relieved the Government has taken this