Medical Marijuana to be permitted in UK

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Following the recent high-profile case of Billy Caldwell, the British Home Secretary announced recently that medical cannabis is to be made available to UK patients on prescription. Cannabis-derived medicines that meet certain safety and quality standards will be reclassified by fall 2018, so that they can be prescribed by specialist clinicians without the need for a Home Office licence. All fees for permits to use medicinal cannabis are to be waived in the interim. There will be no change in the law on the recreational use of cannabis in the UK, which will remain illegal. The proposed changes to UK legislation in relation to medical cannabis will of course be of particular interest to medical cannabis companies based in Canada. Before any medicinal cannabis medicines could be sold or prescribed in the UK they would, under the current statutory framework, need to receive the relevant market authorisation. Medical Marijuana to be permitted in UK

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