British doctors will be able to prescribe medical cannabis, the government said on Thursday after a review, but stressed that this was not a first step towards legalizing recreational use.
Interior Minister Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, decided to relax the laws on the circumstances in which specialized clinicians can give medical cannabis to patients.
Prescribing medical cannabis will benefit the lives of sick patients who are currently suffering in silence, "Javid wrote on Twitter.
" There's nothing harder to see than your loved ones – that's why I have them Decision made. "
Under the new rules, which will be introduced later this year, senior physicians will be able to prescribe the drugs to patients who have an extraordinary clinical need.  – Quick review –
Javid had A review was commissioned on June 19.
An initial review by Sally Davies, the government's top medical adviser, concluded that there is medical evidence of therapeutic benefits from cannabis.
The Council for the Abuse of drugs, which carried out the second part of the review, said last week that doctors may prescribe medical cannabis if the products meet safety standards.
"Recent cases of ill children have made me aware of our position on cannabis-related drugs Pharmaceuticals unsatisfactory, "said Javid in a statement.
" That's why we have one
"Two groups of independent counselors, I have made the decision to reschedule cannabis medicines – which means that they are prescription." This will help patients with one exception. This is in no way a first step to Legalization of cannabis for recreational use. [Ministry of the Interior] said in a statement that no other laws on cannabis would be changed.
The government understands that today's announcement does not pave the way for legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes and possessions remain unchanged. "
-" Normal life "for epileptic boys –
One of the recent public cases concerned the epileptic patient Billy Caldwell, who was on Thursday 13
His mother Charlotte Caldwell designated the dramatic change as "amazing".
She said her son could now "lead a normal life" because of the "easy ability to administer a few drops a day for a long dose". a slanderous but effective natural medication. "
Mike Penning, chairman of the recently formed paramilitary group on medical cannabis prescriptions, said the announcement had brought hope to thousands of people.
He added," Any attempt to market medical cannabis in the UK on a very limited range restricting derived products, each of which requires a full drug proving that blocks the many products available abroad, will be a great disappointment and a missed opportunity.
The L The Iberian Democrats, the fourth largest party in parliament, have long campaigned for the liberalization of the cannabis laws.
"This is a very welcome and long overdue change," health spokesman Norman Lamb said.
"However, this is disappointing The government has refused to commit to a more comprehensive review of the obsolete and harmful laws surrounding recreational cannabis use. "
Doctor Tom Freeman, a high-ranking academic at King's College College in London, said that Javid's decision" would have a substantial impact on research by facilitating the development of safer and more effective drugs.
"Similar reviews are now justified for other Level 1 medicines with potential medical value, such as MDMA and psilocybin," he added.
The medical use of cannabis in front of the Houses of Parliament in London