14 Dec Keith Vaz Replies To CLEAR On Medicinal Cannabis

Two days ago I wrote to Keith Vaz asking him why the drugs inquiry hadn’t considered the vital issue of medicinal cannabis.

As I’d written several times about this while the inquiry was in progress and not heard a word, I was surprised to get a reply this morning:

Dear Mr Reynolds,

Mr Vaz has asked me to thank you for your email.

Medicinal cannabis is a medicine and therefore its licensing is a matter for the Department for Health. Whilst the Committee looked at the prescription of medicines as part of the inquiry, they did not consider the licensing of any medicines. Medicinal cannabis was not part of the terms of reference for the inquiry and it was never intended to be part of the inquiry.

I hope this is helpful to you.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,


Sarah Brown

Senior Parliamentary Officer | Office of Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP