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Medical Marijuana is Legal in the UK: What you Should Know



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Just like in the US, marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. The good news is, yesterday, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid, announced that specialist clinicians will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived products by autumn.

That’s all good but the question I’m sure you have is, what’s legal and what’s not?

Two government agencies, The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), have been tasked to create a clear definition of what constitutes a cannabis-derived medical product so they can reschedule and prescribe. Note that, only products that meet this definition will be rescheduled.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, cannabis is a class B drug, meaning it is an offense to unlawfully possess, supply, sell, or to allow premises you occupy or manage to be used smoking or using the drug.

Yesterday, ministers announced that cannabis had been changed from a schedule 1 substance to schedule 2. What is a schedule I drug and why did they decide to change weed’s schedule?

The difference between a schedule 1 and a schedule 2 substance is. Schedule 1 drugs are thought to have high abuse potential, no medical use and pose severe safety concerns. On the other hand, schedule 2 drugs have a high potential for abuse which may lead to physical or psychological dependence.

After a number of high profile cases involving children being denied access to medical cannabis to control epileptic seizures, Javid ordered a cannabis scheduling review last month. The first part of the study concluded there was evidence of “therapeutic benefit” for some conditions. This is what he had to say:

“Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related products was not satisfactory.”

“This will help patients with exceptional clinical need but is in no way a first step to legalization of cannabis for recreational use” Sajid Javid.

Read: what are “Drug-Free Zone Laws”?

How to get a medical Marijuana prescription in the UK

According to Sajid Javid, the government has agreed to relax drug laws, because of that, medical marijuana will be available on prescription within the coming weeks.

Note “exceptional clinical need” in Javid’s statement, going by that, patients who suffer from the following conditions will soon be able to buy legal weed in the UK:

  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy

We will keep you up to date with the laws, so join us today.

Where to buy cheap weed in the UK

Currently, doctors in the UK are only allowed to prescribe cannabis based drugs such as Sativex. The problem with Sativex and other drugs like it is, they are expensive and they come with serious side effects.

Cannabis on the other hand, is safe to use and there are no serious side effects to worry about. Also, ‘street weed’ is cheaper and you can use it to make medicine on your own.

Because recreational cannabis is still illegal in the UK, you should avoid buying weed from Facebook and other social media websites, why?  You may be scammed or you may attract police attention.

The best option you have is to find a dealer, a good dealer will keep you supplied and you won’t have to worry about the police if you are careful.

Generally what I’m telling you is. The best place to get cheap weed in the UK is on the streets in places like Uxbridge, and Brunel University. Alternatively, you can buy weed from a cannabis dispensary or find a secret cannabis coffee shop.

What are The Consequences?

If you are caught with small amounts of weed (less than an ounce) in the UK, you may get an on the spot fine (£90) or a warning. However, if you are caught growing, distributing or in possession of large amounts of weed, you may get an unlimited fine or spend 14 or more years behind bars. My advice, don’t get caught especially with large amounts.

The good news is, cannabis laws are changing, the problem is, they are not changing fast enough.

But remember, as a citizen, you have your rights. For example, police officers are not allowed to stop and search you without reason. That means that, if a police officer stops you on the streets, he or she must give you a reason before searching you. If there isn’t one, you have the right to refuse a search. Before a police officer searches you he or she must tell you:

  • Their name and police station.
  • What they expect to find.
  • The reason they want to search you.
  • Why they are allowed to search you.
  • That you can have a record of the search.

If arrested, do not answer any incriminating questions and ask for a lawyer.

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