“Illogical” cannabis regulation blocks research into therapeutic uses, say doctors

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“Doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis legally and research its therapeutic use more easily, 20 prominent UK clinicians and academics have said.

In a letter to The Times on 20 June, they “strongly urge the government” to recategorise cannabis from schedule 1 to schedule 2 under the UK Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

Schedule 1 is for illicit substances deemed to have no clinical application and which doctors cannot prescribe; schedule 2 drugs, including, for example, diamorphine (heroin), are subject to requirements relating to prescriptions.

Last week, Savid Javid, the home secretary, said that a panel would be set up to review the evidence for medical cannabis that could see the drug rescheduled.”


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