“The British government has promised to revise the existing rules on the use of marijuana for medical purposes,”
said the Minister of Internal Affairs Sajid Javid.
At the same time, there is no need to relax for the use of cannabis for recreational purposes – that is, for entertainment.
The government decided to revise the rules after two children with epilepsy were denied access to cannabis-based medicines.
According to Javid, the family of Alfie Dingli, who suffers up to 150 epilepsy episodes per month, was licensed to receive drugs based on marijuana. For several months, the boy’s parents waged a public campaign to facilitate access to such medicines. In April, they visited Holland, where Alfie’s condition, according to them, improved significantly after hemp oil consumption.
Billy Caldwell’s family was also given a license for a period of 20 days after the doctors confirmed that he urgently needed appropriate medicines for vital indications.
Sajid Javid clarified that a specially created commission will conduct an examination in which specialists will evaluate the therapeutic effect of certain medications. After that, the issue of mitigating the treatment of these drugs will be considered.
Changes are by no means the first step towards the legalization of the everyday use of marijuana, the minister stressed.
What are the rules now?
According to current British law, marijuana is a class B drug, which is prohibited to be stored. If marijuana is found, the owner risks receiving a warning or a £ 90 fine, and if he is caught repeatedly or under other aggravating circumstances, he may go to prison for up to five years.
The severity of the measure depends on the amount of the drug and the presence of previous convictions with the offender.
The punishment for the sale of marijuana is up to 14 years or a fine, the amount of which is not limited by law.
Now marijuana is the most commonly used drug in Britain. According to data for 2016, out of more than 16,000 cases of detection of marijuana, only in 292 episodes, violators received a prison sentence.
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Advocates for the legalization of marijuana have long campaigned for easing cannabis treatment rules in Britain.
Supporters of the legalization of marijuana argue their position that it is a light drug, and it is no more harmful than conventional cigarettes or alcohol sold everywhere.
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How does marijuana use affect the body?
Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – a substance that causes euphoria and a feeling of relaxation. It also contains cannabidiol (CBD).
Some drugs with a CBD content have been used successfully to reduce the number of seizures in epilepsy. Also marijuana can be used for pain relief.
The constant use of marijuana for “recreational purposes” can lead to negative consequences, warn many scientists and doctors.
In particular, as the British Public Health Service (NHS) warns, the risk of developing mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, increases. The risk increases even more when you use marijuana in adolescence. Regular smoking of marijuana has a negative effect on the ability to concentrate and remember.
According to the NHS, every tenth person develops addiction as a result of using marijuana. Freedom from this dependence may be accompanied by sudden mood swings, anxiety and insomnia.