Is the UK on the Verge of Legalizing Medical Marijuana?
The British government recently confirmed it will review the use of medical marijuana. On June 19, 2018, Home Secretary Sajid David told the parliament of the United Kingdom the use of cannabis-based medicines in the health industry should be examined, as the current set up isn’t working.
He stated, “It’s not satisfactory for the parents, it’s not satisfactory for the doctor and it is not satisfactory for me.”
Medical Marijuana Laws in the UK
The issue of medical marijuana has come to the attention of the public after the family of a six-year old boy who suffers from an uncommon type of epilepsy applied to the government for cannabis oil medication. David said a license is being issued today to let the boy’s treatment move forward.
Intense pressure has been placed on British lawmakers after officials at Heathrow Airport impounded cannabis oil was brought in from Canada to treat a 12-year old boy’s serious seizure disorder.
Cannabis oil with more than 0.5% of the psychoactive element THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is currently banned in the United Kingdom.
Cannabis has been shown to alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and one drug, Savitex, has been licensed in the U.K. to help MS patients, but only when all the other available drugs have failed to help.
What Will it Take?
David told lawmakers that he wants to be clear the government was making no steps towards legalizing cannabis for recreational use.
In an op-ed written for The Daily Telegraph, Conservative Party Leader William Hague argued that restricting the legal availability of cannabis for medical use would lead to a situation in which more potent strains would become available to the public.
Possessing cannabis in the U.K. carries a maximum jail sentence of up to five years in prison. Should police deem it is being used for supply and distribution, it could lead to a prison sentence of 14 years for those found guilty. (special thanks to top palm beach attorney, Mr. Sim Gershon)