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UK to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis-based medicine

Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, the home secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced.

The changes apply to England, Wales and Scotland, and follow several high-profile cases, including that of two young people with epilepsy, Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, whose conditions appeared to be helped by cannabis oil.

Javid said the regulations brought cannabis-based products for medicinal use into the existing medicines framework but were “not an end in themselves”.

He said the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs would conduct a long-term review of cannabis, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence would provide advice for clinicians by October next year.

“The government will monitor the impact of the policy closely as the evidence base develops and review when the ACMD provides its final advice,” Javid said.

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