Friday, 1 October 2010

Medical Cannabis in the UK

Posted in September 29th, 2010

This is possibly the biggest development since prohibition was imposed on the UK and is really good news for lots of people who need cannabis for medical reasons. Over the past couple of weeks feedback to UKCIA has picked up considerably with people asking if it’s possible to obtain and use real cannabis – as opposed to the SATIVEX product – legally in this country. The answer it turns out is “yes”.

Two things have happened, neither all that recent. First there is the the Schenegen Agreement – the EU treaty which allows, amongst other things, for EU citizens to carry prescribed medicines anywhere in the EU. The other is Holland has legalised medical cannabis on prescription.

Article 75, sub 1 of the Schengen agreement reads:

As regards the movement of travellers to the territories of the Contracting Parties or their movement within these territories, persons may carry the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances that are necessary for their medical treatment provided that, at any check, they produce a certificate issued or authenticated by a competent authority of their State of residence.”

The introduction of the certificate according to Article 75 Schengen aims to safeguard the free movement of travellers between and within the Schengen Member States, as national legislation on the availability and control of medical products that are (partly) based on narcotic drugs and/or psychotropic substances may vary between Member States. The presence of an authenticated certificate can avoid unnecessary delays and misunderstandings.

...So all you need is a Dutch doctor to agree to prescribe the cannabis then you go to Holland and get some, There is a Facebook page all about it here. Cannabis obtained this way is 100% legal and you can use it anywhere you like without fear of prosecution. Going through this mill might take a bit of organising but it’s not impossible and once arranged you can bring up to three months supply back with you and you don’t even have to declare it at customs.

The Dutch government has licensed a company to provide the legal medical cannabis, you can see the details including how much it costs here. There are three strains available and it is real cannabis – ie buds of herbal cannabis and not the expensive product manufactured by GW pharms.

UKCIA would advise anyone who needs SATIVEX and has been refused it because of funding restrictions – which seems to be the vast majority of MSers who have tried to get it – should take this route now.

The UK government has been keeping this very quiet but the secret is out now and will be hitting the media pretty soon...


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