Cannabis in the UK now medically legal – up to a point

Medical cannabis products are legal in the UK from today – in very limited circumstances. This could include products without marketing authorisation, if approved by a registered specialist in certain conditions.

A change in the law brought about in a few short months enables cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans to be prescribed as a Schedule 2 drug – essentially drugs that can be legally prescribed but carry higher risks for potential abuse.

This could be a special medicinal product for use at the direction of a doctor on the General Medical Council’s specialist register; an investigational medicinal product without marketing authorisation for use in a clinical trial; or a medicinal product with a marketing authorisation.

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