Saturday, 16 October 2010

Medical Cannabis in the UK - update

Posted in October 13th, 2010

The cannabis laws are rapidly descending ever deeper into farce because of the apparent ability to import medical cannabis from Holland under rights enshrined in the Schengen agreement mentioned a week or so back on this blog and several others. To recap the Shengen Agreement guarantees the right of a person prescribed medication in one member state to travel to any other member state with up to three months supply without need to declare it at customs. In the last blog the text of a letter from the home Office to a member of the public who enquired made the situation quite clear in that it also applied to people domiciled in this country. Since then UKCIA has heard on the grapevine that the Home Office has been briefing journalists that this is not the case.

A large number of people – including myself – have written to either the Home Office or their MP to ask for clarification and to date we haven’t heard of any replies.

One blog which has really got its teeth into this whole fiasco is the Peter Reynolds blog and Peter has just written an interesting update which provides more evidence that it is in fact legal to bring medicinal cannabis into the country and use it here without fear of criminal sanctions. As Peter writes and I can confirm, there has been an enormous amount of interest in these developments, yet the media has totally ignored it. As Peter writes the story

was offered to every quality national newspaper and The Daily Mail

Yet not one has covered developments, although the Mail has been running a number of cannabis makes you mad addicts stories.

However Peter does provide some more evidence of the legality of medical cannabis imported on prescription from Holland. He cites the (much hated by anti prohibition campaigners) United Nations Single Convention On Narcotic Drugs which states

the documentation required for the transport of such medicines across international borders as, simply, “a valid medical prescription”.

And article 23 of the Geneva Convention

protection is provided for the transport of medicines across borders.


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