Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals on a regulatory category medicinal cannabis.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Legislation on cannabis for medicinal use has already been passed. The law was changed on 1 November 2018 to allow clinicians on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register to prescribe unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use, where it is clinically appropriate and in the best interest of patients.

The regulations use the existing regulatory frameworks for medicines and the misuse of drugs, an approach which the Government believes is proportionate and evidence-based, ensuring that clinicians can access these products whilst minimising the risk of misuse, harm and diversion.

Applications can also continue to be made to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency by any company wishing to market their product as a licensed medicine.

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