Results 381–400 of 600 for medical cannabis

Written Answers — Health: Cannabinoids (20 Oct 2004)

Rosie Winterton: The Department supports scientific research into the therapeutic use of cannabinoids, the unique ingredients of cannabis. This research may produce longer-term solutions to relieving the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and other clinical conditions. A Medical Research Council (MRC) supported clinical trial to attempt to measure the therapeutic effects of cannabis extract in persons with...

Medicinal Cannabis (14 Oct 2004)

Caroline Flint: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Cannabis was reclassified to class C because it is relatively less harmful than drugs in classes A and B. Since reclassification, we have been very conscious of lobbying from organisations linked to mental health and to young people as regards the problems associated with cannabis in several different forms. Cannabis is not a harmless drug, and we must be...

Written Answers — Health: Schizophrenia (21 Jul 2004)

Miss Melanie Johnson: A number of recent Department funded policy research projects have been completed that have contributed to informing the Department's assessment on the scale and impact of the use of cannabis in those with mental health problems. The Department has kept under review the national and international epidemiological and other research on these topics and has obtained expert advice on interpreting...

Written Answers — Health: Schizophrenia (16 Jul 2004)

Miss Melanie Johnson: ...commissioned and received the following research projects as part of the drug misuse policy research initiative, which funded £2.4 million research between 2000 and 2003. Long term heavy cannabis use: patterns and problems. Mr. Niall Coggans, Strathclyde Institute for Biomedical Sciences. A national epidemiological study of dually diagnosed substance misuse and psychiatric disorders...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis (28 Jun 2004)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I have been asked to reply. The main agency through which the Government supports medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body which receives its grant-in-aid from the Office of Science and Technology, part of the Department of Trade and Industry. The MRC does not normally commission research, but always welcomes high quality applications...

Written Answers — Home Department: Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (24 Jun 2004)

Mr Bill Tynan: ...background of each is; (3) if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment of the Statistics, Information and Research Committee of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs of the cannabis related articles of the 23 November 2002 edition of the British Medical Journal; (4) if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of each meeting of the...

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...


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