Is the UK the world’s biggest exporter of legal cannabis?

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Pro-drug reform campaign group Transform says the government is denying that cannabis has medical uses while at the same time overseeing “the world’s biggest government-licensed medical cannabis production and export market”. There has been controversy over two boys whose families want them to have legal access to cannabis-based products that are currently illegal in the UK. Six-year-old Alfie Dingley and 12-year-old Billy Caldwell both suffer multiple seizures every day because of rare and treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. The UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says the UK was the main producer and exporter of medical cannabis in 2016. The majority of it ended up in the US. But virtually all of that is one drug – Sativex – used to treat muscle stiffness and spasms in people with multiple sclerosis. Is the UK the world’s biggest exporter of legal cannabis?

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