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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:00 am, 5th September 2018

First, I offer deepest sympathies to those who are suffering severe conditions where other treatments have not been effective and these cannabis-based medicinal products have the potential to help. That is why the Home Secretary has announced that the law will be changed so that specialist clinicians will be able to prescribe—legally prescribe—cannabis-based medicinal products to patients with an exceptional clinical need. While that change is taking place, an expert panel of clinicians has been established, as an interim, to ensure that treatment is safe and effective. So we are not just waiting for the legislation to change. We will change the law, but we have also put in place a procedure to ensure that those cases can be considered properly.