MPs criticise NHS over failure to prescribe medical cannabis
Monday, Jan 7, 2019

The all-party parliamentary group for medical cannabis (AAPG) denounced the current procedure for acquiring a prescription for medical cannabis after it emerged that Jorja Emerson (the first child to be prescribed medical cannabis) must pay nearly £10,000 a year for their private prescription.

The AAPG claim that the Government cannot have envisaged the existing process when they voted to legalise medical cannabis in November.

Mike Penning MP, co-chair of the AAPG said:

“For Jorja and her family this is a great day and I commend the private consultant, supported by her private hospital, who has taken the courageous decision to prescribe a medical cannabis product which she genuinely feels is in the best interest of her patient.

“But the fact remains that there is a serious cultural block within the NHS around medical cannabis.

“Other families, many with children just as seriously ill as Jorja, continue to face a complete block from their NHS medical teams.”

The Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead raised the point that most families simply do not have the resources to afford private prescriptions, as in many cases: