UK & IRELAND SPECIAL REPORT | MEDICAL CANNABIS AND CBD



Medical cannabis: ‘Not enough evidence to prescribe’, say NICE – despite law change. Despite medical cannabis now being legal on the NHS, a limited number of prescriptions have been granted since the law change and some parents are having to pay thousands for import licences and private prescriptions.


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A POLICE boss has welcomed a report from a group of cross party MPs who predict the UK will fully legalise cannabis within five to 10 years. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones, a former police inspector, is a long-time advocate of drugs reform and says the conclusions of the MPs’ fact-finding trip to Canada are a step in the right direction.


We now have cannabis fever with the market estimated to be worth £16bn over the next decade. It’s part of a push seen this week by MP David Lammy, who is convinced that as we obtain sanctioned access to medicinal cannabis,  recreational access will and should surely follow. 


Deputy argues for rethink about legalising cannabis. DECRIMINALISING and carefully regulating recreational-cannabis use in Jersey would ensure strong forms of the class B-drug were kept out of use and away from young people, according to a Deputy.


Ireland Partially Decriminalizes All Drugs. After years of planning, Ireland has finally moved ahead to decriminalize first-time drug offenders — and not just for cannabis.


Study Examines Cannabis’ Effects on Brain Neurochemistry. A new Addiction Biology study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain’s prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for psychosis who regularly used cannabis.


Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths. A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths.


Jeremy Corbyn’s youngest son Tommy is preparing to open his hemp shop in the Labour leader’s Islington North constituency next month — and is extolling the plant as “part of the solution” to our Brexit woes.



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