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Medicinal cannabis in the UK

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BBC News reports that specialist doctors in the UK will soon be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products. 

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said that products that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with an ‘exceptional clinical need’.

The legalisation follows high-profile cases involving severely epileptic children. Many had previously been denied access to cannabis oil. Other forms of cannabis will remain illegal.

Mr Javid’s decision was made after the Chief Medical Officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs said patients with certain medical conditions should be given access to the treatments.

Their advice was part of a review into medicinal cannabis launched by the Home Secretary following an outcry over Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, who have rare forms of epilepsy, being denied access to cannabis oil.

The parents of the boys say the medicinal cannabis controls their seizures.

The Home Office recently granted them licences to access the treatments