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Medical Cannabis Under Prescription

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:17 pm on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee 7:17 pm, 20th May 2019

It is a pleasure to follow James Cartlidge, who made a powerful and reflective speech. I particularly endorse what he says about the importance of having such evidence, a lot of which comes from the families themselves.

I join in congratulating Sir Mike Penning and my hon. Friend Tonia Antoniazzi, the co-chairs of the all-party parliamentary group on medical cannabis under prescription, both on securing this important debate and on the leadership role they have played on a cross-party basis in putting this important question on the House’s agenda.

As many Members have said, hopes were raised last year when the Home Office did what it did, and I strongly support what my hon. Friend Jeff Smith said about the importance of achieving a bespoke solution for our country. In particular, I support what he said about learning from international evidence. That combination of listening to the families and the campaigners and learning from the evidence of other countries could assist us in achieving the urgency that we all want to see.