Results 401–420 of 600 for medical cannabis

Cannabis (22 Jun 2004)

Mr Bill Tynan: In welcoming the opportunity to raise the issue of cannabis reclassification, I make no apology for continuing the ongoing debate. I hope that the Minister and the Government will not regard my contribution in a negative light, but as an attempt to raise the genuine concerns about reclassification that many groups and individuals in my constituency have expressed. I believe that the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis Seeds (9 Jun 2004)

Caroline Flint: The seeds of the cannabis plant are not subject to control under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The possession, sale and the use of the seeds for culinary and similar purposes are therefore not subject to restriction. This follows the provisions of international law—UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961—on which our law is based. The Convention specifically exempts cultivation of...

Tobacco Smoking (Public Places and Workplaces) Bill [HL] (23 Apr 2004)

Lord Stoddart of Swindon: ...that that is not good enough for the anti-smoking zealots who see this measure as a further milestone towards an absolute ban on smoking tobacco. Mind you, I have heard people who admit to smoking cannabis who want to ban smoking tobacco. I cannot understand that attitude, but it does exist. The support for this type of ban is based on health scares—nothing more. The noble Lord, Lord...

Mr. Steven Fitzsimmons (31 Mar 2004)

Hazel Blears: ...that day. My hon. Friend raised the important issue of the coroner's findings on drugs and alcohol. I am informed that the toxicology report referred to a cocktail of drugs—cocaine, methadone, cannabis and benzodiazepines—in Steven's body. At this stage, no one knows where the methadone came from, and my hon. Friend believes that it may be possible to contact the relevant health board...

Written Answers — Health: Illegal Drugs (11 Mar 2004)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Recent research of note in this area has explored whether there is any causative link between early cannabis use and later development of psychosis, but such a link has not been conclusively proven. However, the recent epidemiological research on the issue of earlier use of cannabis and risk of later development of schizophrenia, 'schizophrenic symptoms' and 'schizophreniform disorder' has...

Cannabis Reclassification (10 Feb 2004)

Nigel Evans: I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to have the first debate about cannabis, post-reclassification. Many of the things that I shall say may not be popular, especially among certain groups. I remember debating the issue with the journalist Melanie Phillips and Keith Hellawell, the old drugs tsar, at the Oxford Union a few years ago. Needless to say, our side lost the vote, but the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cannabis: Government Response to STC Report (2 Feb 2004)

Baroness Andrews: The Department of Health would broadly agree with the description of the psychiatric effects of cannabis described in paragraph 4.11 of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee—Cannabis (HL Paper 39, Session 1998–99). We recognise that while a causative link between early cannabis use and later development of schizophrenia is not conclusively proven, recent epidemiological...

Written Answers — Health: Cannabis (29 Jan 2004)

Miss Melanie Johnson: We recognise that a causative link between early cannabis use and later development of schizophrenia is not conclusively proven. However, the recent epidemiological research on the issue of earlier use of cannabis and risk of later development of schizophrenia, 'schizophrenic symptoms' and 'schizophreniform disorder' has shown a stronger association than was previously evident from published...

Illegal Drugs Trade (Northern Ireland) (22 Jan 2004)

Mr Bill Tynan: On the reclassification or declassification—however we want to put it—of cannabis, there is medical evidence that cannabis is creating enormous health problems, both in throat cancer and in mental disease. It has been said that the evidence for changing the classification was based on evidence from people who are regarded as experts in the field. However, the experts that the Government...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis (20 Jan 2004)

Caroline Flint: The Government are determined to support the police in tackling the problem of drug abuse with an effective and realistic approach to drug legislation, enforcement and education. Cannabis will not be legalised or decriminalised. It is a harmful drug that will remain illegal following its reclassification as a Class C drug on 29 January. Our drugs laws and our educational messages to young...

Workplace and Roadside Drug Testing (14 Jan 2004)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: ...that have been highlighted in the press recently will focus the minds of people throughout the country on drugs, drug use and drug testing. The first of those matters is the reclassification of cannabis from class B to class C, which will, I think, happen on 29 January. The accompanying publicity so far shows that the cannabis laws are in a shambles. That is the view. Certainly they are...

Written Answers — Health: Cannabis (19 Nov 2003)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department supports the evaluation of the therapeutic use of cannabis by clinical trials, and is working with organisations able to conduct high quality clinical trials that will put this research onto a scientific footing. A Medical Research Council supported clinical trial to attempt to measure the therapeutic effects of cannabis extract in people with multiple sclerosis was recently...

Written Answers — Health: Cannabis (17 Nov 2003)

Stephen Ladyman: A marketing authorisation has not yet been issued for cannabis for pain relief use. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will consider any application for a medicinal product containing cannabinoids for the treatment of spasticity and other symptoms related to multiple sclerosis. Like any other medicinal product, however, cannabis-based medicines can only be granted a...

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003 (12 Nov 2003)

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: ...solution and say, "That is it". If it were, we would have grasped that solution long before now. The Government are trying to do quite a difficult, brave and important thing. We acknowledge that cannabis is a harmful drug. Nothing that I said in opening the debate detracted from that. A number of noble Lords seemed to suggest that I had in some way equivocated. I did not. It is a drug that...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis (5 Nov 2003)

Caroline Flint: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has yet to complete its evaluation of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the medical preparation of a cannabis-based drug developed and tested by GW Pharmaceuticals. Once marketing approval has been received, we will move without delay to seek Parliament's agreement to any necessary changes to the misuse of drugs legislation. Our...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis (5 Nov 2003)

Caroline Flint: The Government believe that all controlled drugs, including cannabis, are harmful and that no one should take them. But our drug laws and our educational messages to young people must reflect the relative harms of drugs, in accordance with the available scientific and medical advice, if they are to be credible, convincing and, ultimately, effective. The Government's proposal to reclassify...

Dangerous Drugs (29 Oct 2003)

Chris Bryant: ...to be folly. If we were devising a drug and alcohol strategy for the United Kingdom from scratch, knowing what we know today about the health effects of alcohol and tobacco compared with those of cannabis, I am almost certain that we would not be starting from where we are. As we know, alcohol and tobacco are far more addictive and injurious to people's health. Every year, 120,000 people...

Written Answers — Health: Pain Relief (8 Sep 2003)

Mr Jimmy Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for research into pain relieving drugs; if he will make a statement on the current status of cannabis for pain relief uses; and what progress has been made in discussions on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Lord Dixon-Smith: ...to say that the study raises serious questions. There is always a problem with scientific evidence. I ran into that for the first time when the Science and Technology Select Committee examined medical uses of cannabis. Some 5,000 years' use of cannabis in the pharmacopoeia was not considered to be scientific evidence. There is no doubt that if you put fluoride into water there is some...

Criminal Justice Bill (30 Jun 2003)

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: ...so that we do not have the current level of recidivism. I say to the right reverend Prelate that we do not seek to increase the number of arrestable offences. At the moment possession of cannabis is an arrestable offence. It is right when looking at the level of offences to bear in mind that possession of class C drugs is at the moment capable of being an offence for which people are dealt...


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