Medicinal cannabis has proven therapeutic benefits and doctors should be able to prescribe it, the government’s chief medical adviser has said.
In the first part of an evidence review ordered by the home secretary, Sajid Javid, Professor Dame Sally Davies recommended medicinal cannabis should be moved out of schedule one – a group of drugs considered to have no medical purposes that cannot be legally possessed or prescribed,
Dame Sally’s comments, published on Tuesday, are the first time the government has formally acknowledged that cannabis can have health benefits.
“There is now … conclusive evidence of the therapeutic benefit of cannabis-based medicinal products for certain medical conditions and reasonable evidence of therapeutic benefit in several other medical conditions,” Dame Sally said.
The change would allow the drugs to “be prescribed under controlled conditions by registered practitioners for medical benefit”, she continued.
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