Britain should allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, a governmental advisory group has urged.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said British doctors should be permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients.
The ACMD is an official body, which advises the British government on drugs, said there is significant evidence on the medical benefits of marijuana.
It also advised that cannabis-derived medicines should be placed on Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
However, the ACMD has recommended that synthetic cannabinoids remain as schedule 1 drugs until they have been thoroughly reviewed.
Sajid David, the Home Secretary stated, said he would decide on whether to remove cannabis from the schedule 1 list.
“I am grateful to the Chief Medical Advisor for her review of the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of cannabis and to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for their short-term advice on scheduling. I am carefully considering both recommendations and will make a decision shortly.”
ACMD’s Chairman Dr. Owen Bowden-Jones said the group is reviewing the scheduling of cannabis-based medicinal products.
“We have completed the first part of our review for rapid advice into the scheduling of cannabis-derived medicinal products,” he said.
“We recommend that cannabis-derived medicinal products of the appropriate standard be moved out of Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.”