The United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid is holding to the commitment he made in July to reclassify medical cannabis. Officials are expecting an announcement in a couple of weeks. But reports indicate the Home Secretary has already approved the reclassification that will permit the National Health Service (NHS) to prescribe cannabis treatments. And that means patients with severe illnesses in the United Kingdom will have medical cannabis within a month.
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In July, UK officials made a major drug policy announcement. Shortly after taking office as part of Theresa May’s administration, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced his plan to reclassify certain forms of cannabis as “Schedule 2” substances. Like the U.S. government, the U.K. has long-considered cannabis a “Schedule 1” drug with no medicinal or therapeutic value. But lowering cannabis’ classification would mean that physicians in the U.K., including the NHS, would be able to legally prescribe it.
In this respect, the U.K. has been well behind its Eurozone counterparts. Any kind of use or possession of cannabis is illegal in the U.K, with very few medical exceptions. Certain parties are able to research medical cannabis, but only with a