UK's NHS Will Not Prescribe Medical Cannabis to Those in Chronic Pain

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Date:
Thursday, Jan 24, 2019

Medical marijuana has beenlegal in England since October, when Sajid Javid of Home Secretary reclassified the drug to Schedule II. The policy shift took place months after Billy Caldwell, a then 12-year-old epilepsy patient, was hospitalized after officials took away his medical cannabis.

Jon Liebling, the United Patients Alliance political director, told VICE News that the posters are congruent with reports they’ve been hearing from people seeking medical cannabis treatment for their pain issues. “We have seen patients being effectively banned from NHS Trust hospitals and this is yet another example of how much the medical profession have to learn.”

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Staff from the pain management clinic at Royal Derby Hospital openly acknowledged that such a restrictive policy was in place, saying the risk of a patient harming themselves with cannabis outweighs the benefits the drug can provide.

A spokesperson told a reporter that current scientific evidence is unconvincing when it comes to its role in pain management. “We would welcome high-quality studies into the use of cannabis-based medicinal products for pain treatment.”

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