21 Mar CLEAR Submission To The HASC Inquiry Into Medicinal Cannabis
Keith Vaz MP
As reported in February, Keith Vaz MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, agreed that an inquiry should be held into medicinal cannabis. CLEAR was asked to submit a case for reform which the committee will investigate and call for further written evidence.
Our submission is now in. We will publish it in full once the committee grants permission, probably alongside evidence from other sources.
We propose a very tightly defined reform of current practice:
“When a doctor prescribes a medicinal cannabis product from Bedrocan, which is an EU regulated producer of medicinal cannabis, the Home Office should grant an import licence enabling the medicine to be imported either in person or by post/carrier.”
George Hutchings, Dean Price, Paul Lewington, Keith Vaz MP, Andew Turner MP, Peter Reynolds
Our submission then sets out the historical and scientific background of the medicinal use of cannabis. Evidence can trace its use back as far as 10,000 years. The disastrous experiment of prohibition began less than 100 years ago but it is only in the last 30 years that science is now beginning to understand why it is effective for such a wide range of conditions.
We explain the endocannabinoid system which is rapidly being recognised as one of the most important physiological processes. We emphasise the crucial benefit that medical practitioners can be certain that they are complying with their first principle of ‘do no harm’. Cannabis is safer than any pharmaceutical product.
The document then details current medical practice around the world, explaining the different regulatory structures in Israel, the USA, Europe and Canada. We analyse in detail the background to Sativex and the way its licensing has been manipulated falsely to distinguish it from other forms of cannabis.
Dr Julian Huppert MP
Finally, our submission recommends six expert scientific witnesses and provides contact information and copy documents from UK doctors who have already prescribed Bedrocan products to their patients.
Mark Reckless MP
Our submission is now in the hands of Mr Vaz and Dr Julian Huppert MP. It is worth mentioning that in the course of working towards the inquiry we have also had valuable support and encouragement from Mark Reckless MP, also a member of the committee.
We expect a formal announcement of the inquiry within the next few weeks.