05 Sep 2019

NICE’s Draft Guidelines on Cannabis Prove That Its Methods Don’t Work and It Is Causing Harm to Patients

The draft guidelines produced by the NICE committee are nothing short of ridiculous. There is a complete absence of common sense and an absurd failure properly to consider all the available evidence. But it's actually much more serious than this. It is now abundantly clear that this committee, its membership and its conclusions were only ever intended to delay, obfuscate and sabotage the reforms which were introduced in November last year because of a public outcry. The selection of members of the...

21 Nov 2018

NICE Rejects Professor Mike Barnes’ Expertise in Cannabis as Medicine for a Second Time

Professor Mike Barnes is without doubt the UK clinician with the most expertise in the use of cannabis as medicine. He should have been first choice as a member of the NICE committee charged with developing cannabis prescribing guidelines and, as reported here, its rejection of his application was greeted with astonishment. However, NICE relented and invited Professor Barnes to an interview. Now they have rejected him again. Mike was responsible for obtaining the first medicinal cannabis licences for Sophia Gibson...

01 Nov 2018

NICE Rejects UK’s Most Eminent Medicinal Cannabis Clinician From Advisory Committee

If the UK was setting up an expert committee on fertility and Professor Robert Winston applied to join, he'd be welcomed with open arms. If we were setting up a committee on the origin of the universe and Professor Brian Cox applied, there's no question he'd be appointed. But NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, yesterday rejected Professor Mike Barnes' application to join its...

04 Mar 2018

The UK Is The World’s Largest Producer And Exporter Of Legal Cannabis But Its Citizens Are Denied Any Access At All

This is the astonishing fact revealed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in its 2017 report on narcotic drugs. In the UK no one has any legal access to any form of cannabis except exempt products derived from industrial hemp, most commonly CBD oil. Theoretically, the cannabis medicine Sativex is available but in practice, in England it is virtually impossible to obtain it except on a private prescription as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that it...