UK Doctors Eligible to Prescribe Cannabis Starting Nov. 1

UK Cannabis Regulations

If you’re searching for cannabis news, look no further. On Thursday, October 11th, UK home secretary Sajid Javid made a massive announcement, one that is sure to change the course of the country’s history. UK cannabis regulations are about to kick in.

Today, Javid announced that doctors in Scotland, England, and Wales are eligible to start prescribing cannabis to patients next month.

Cannabis News: UK Medicinal Cannabis Coming in November

Back in July, the cannabis industry welcomed the news of UK doctors being able to prescribe medicinal cannabis after the government relaxed laws governing access to the drug. After a few months of waiting, Sajid Javid has confirmed the news, declaring that regulations will come into effect on November 1st, 2018.

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UK Cannabis Regulations

So what do the cannabis regulations entail? Well, they allow three access routes for the order, supply, and use of cannabis products:

  • A special medicinal product for use in accordance with a doctor’s prescription
  • An investigational medicinal product without marketing authorization
  • A medical product with a marketing authorization

What Brought This On?

As mentioned, the cannabis industry has been waiting for the confirmation of these regulations since the start of the summer. But even before then people were fighting for doctors in the country to be able to prescribe cannabis-based products.

The majority of this fight was sparked by the cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley.

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Should We Expect UK Recreational Cannabis Legalization?

It’s big news that doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients starting next month, but I wouldn’t now expect the country to legalize recreational cannabis. Even Sajid Javid mentioned something about this today, writing in a statement to parliament: “I have been consistently clear that I have no intention of legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.”

The Takeaway

What do you think about the UK cannabis regulations? Do you think November will be a transformative month for the country?

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