The UK has finally approved medical marijuana, allowing British doctors to prescribe cannabis-based medicine “by the autumn,” the Home Office announced Wednesday.
The breakthrough news comes after UK’s top medical officer advised Home Secretary Sajid Javid to reclassify medical marijuana, already legal in some Western states including Canada.
Earlier this year a two-part review, which was ordered by Javid, was carried out following pressure from UK citizens wanting medical marijuana treatment.
“Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory.”
“This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need,” he added.
But Javid made it clear that his decision is not the first step towards marijuana full legalization.
“In no way a first step to the legalization of cannabis for recreational use.”
After the Review
Following the review, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), declared that cannabis products have medicinal benefits.
Initially, the Chief Medical Advisor, Professor Dame Sally Davies, executed the first part of the review and acknowledged there is evidence that medicinal cannabis has therapeutic benefits.