16 May Let’s Nail the Home Office’s Latest Smokescreen About Medical Cannabis

As the evidence and support for legal access to cannabis for medical use grows, so the Home Office adjusts and reframes its arguments in denial.

This should come as no surprise. The ‘hostile environment’ revealed by the Windrush scandal runs through the Home Office like a stick of rock. The culture of this department is defined by Theresa May and it reflects her character and personality. It is secretive, demands total control and micro management of everything it touches and whenever it is challenged it finds another excuse to maintain its iron rule. It is institutionally dishonest.

A Home Office spokeswoman said:

“We recognise that people with chronic pain and debilitating illnesses are looking to alleviate their symptoms. However, it is important that medicines are thoroughly tested to ensure they meet rigorous standards before being placed on the market, so doctors and patients are assured of their efficacy and safety.”

The truth is rather different. In every jurisdiction throughout the world where medicinal cannabis has been legally regulated, it is through a special system outside pharmaceutical medicines regulation. You cannot regulate a 500 molecule plant-based medicine in the same way as a single molecule synthesised in a lab.

Regulation by the MHRA is the final excuse, the last obstacle to a revolution in healthcare in the UK. We need an ‘Office of Medicinal Cannabis’ as there is in the Netherlands, or ‘Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations’ as administered by Health Canada. Colorado has its ‘Medical Marijuana Registry Program’ and other US states have similar arrangements. Israel’s Ministry of Health has its ‘Medical Cannabis Unit’. In Australia, its equivalent of the MHRA, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has established its own set of medical cannabis regulations.

Every other government that has recognised the enormous benefit that medicinal cannabis offers has come to the same conclusion: cannabis is a special case. It is far more complex but much, much safer than pharmaceutical products.

So next time you hear this, the last, lame excuse from a government ideologically opposed to this long overdue reform, treat it and them with the contempt they deserve. They prefer that people should continue in pain, suffering and disability than that they should do what science and medicine says is right.

  • discerner
    Posted at 19:26h, 16 May Reply

    The governments ‘excuses’ and procrastination about the regulation of medical cannabis that don’t hold water anymore are that it is seen as being soft on drugs, a vote loser – not so, public opinion is not against such. Medicinal cannabis imported from abroad where it has been ‘thoroughly tested to rigorous standards’ means by their own ‘standards it’s safe to use.

    ;So in the meantime whilst we wait a 100 years for them to make a rational decision about regulation in the UK: there is no justifiable reason or excuse not to import medical cannabis for those most in need, as it meets the governments demands about it’s safety.

    Ah but what will the excuse be when they refuse to import safe and tested cannabis – perhaps rival industries can provide the answer, not that I’m suggesting they are being protected – shudder the thought.

    • Kevin Bolden
      Posted at 03:12h, 17 May Reply

      They dont need to import…the Uk is the largest importer of medical cannabis in the world for pharma companies…im sure what the husband of a woman at home base isnt exporting unsafe product. The lies all the hypocrisy u need!

      • discerner
        Posted at 12:26h, 17 May Reply

        What patients apart from the odd one are being prescribed this imported cannabis, and in general is it of suitable blend and strength that is required for many ailments, and does it meet the governments strict safe and tested requirement as described by the Home Office? If the odd person is ‘allowed’ to have this imported cannabis then a precedent has been set that should pave the way for a universal acceptance of imported cannabis for medicinal users in general.

        The bottom line is that we should continually campaign for more acceptable UK cannabis such as Sativax to be available on prescription in the UK – if in the meantime importation is the only way, then so be it.

        • Peter Reynolds
          Posted at 15:19h, 17 May Reply

          What imported cannabis? Except under licence, no one is able legally to import cannabis into the UK.

          • discerner
            Posted at 19:14h, 17 May

            Can you clear the position regarding the Home Office statement in your article above. If medical cannabis from abroad with over 0.2% THC has been tested as they want, and is available for export, then it meets their requirements of which they say is one reason for unavailability here. So until they stop prevaricating, could it not be imported under a more flexible licencing system, or some other form of dispensation?

          • Peter Reynolds
            Posted at 16:35h, 20 May

            Doctors are specifically prohibited from prescribing cannabis, which is probably the oldest medicine known to mankind and it is one of only about five or six drugs to
            which this restriction applies. If this was lifted doctors could prescribe Bedrocan medical cannabis as produced for the Dutch government. See here: https://www.clear-uk.org/uk-country-world-criminalise-doctors-prescribe-cannabis/

  • Philip Wood
    Posted at 10:53h, 17 May Reply

    they are looking after their own pockets and know that if it leagalized in any form their monopoly on the uk cannabis oil export trade will be finished ……and for that and no other reason..as their is not one..if cannabis is as harmful as they claim..(and believe me it is about as harmful as tap water..only with no chlorine or flouride..) then they do not give two hoots about the populations of the countries they are selling to..its all a bloody great smoke screen folks and the wind of change is blowing it away..look at the kings new clothes everyone..lol

  • Wendy Goodwin
    Posted at 10:56h, 17 May Reply

    I cannot see why the Times has not revealed Mr. May’s company’s ownership of the single biggest shareholder in GW pharma and maybe that is why Victoria was given the Drugs Minister role, silly me, their husbands will be friendly, both gaining from cannabis! Why is the Police Minister answer cannabis questions? Why is Ms Atkins still in the Home Office?

    Until the public know about the amazing Endocannabinoid System, which should be taught about in Schools,College, Universities and Medical Schools, they will NOT get it. How many MPs know even my local pharmacist doesn’t know. GW have already said that Epidiolex will be released in US this year and in 2019 in UK, how do they know that? Does Mr may know somthing i don’t? I know because my Uncle, who deals with my savings, did some investigations and found out that if I bought shares now I could only sell for less. The corruption between Government, Home Office, the Police, Health and Pharma companies which hopefully not stop this ancient drug getting to those that have an endocannabidiol defieciency syndrome. I am passionate about this drug as I know a baby who is 2, with Menkes, and parents have bee told he could die at a very young age. This drug could ease his seizures and maybe help his body moderate the copper in his system. You cannot lobby local MP they just give out the Governments policy as “part of an organised lobby”. What more can frail, little OAP, retired Biology teacher do? I spread the word but the Biogoy is hard but just grasp the basics as we did in school with all the other systems. Please educate the MP’s.

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