Cannabis is illegal for recreational use in the UK to date, but the medical use of cannabis, if prescribed by a licensed specialist, was already legalised back in November 2018!
As a recreational drug, cannabis is widely used throughout the UK, by people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. In 2017, 7.2% of 16 to 59-year-olds reported using cannabis, making it the most commonly used illicit drug in the United Kingdom. However, it is prohibited to own, grow, distribute or sell cannabis. It is a Class B drug, with penalties for unlicensed trade and unlicensed production of up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or even both. A “cannabis warning” may be issued for small quantities when it is determined that it is for personal use.
Medical use of cannabis was legalised in the UK on 1. November 2018, after two cases of epileptic children benefiting from cannabis use drew public attention to the issue. The two children experienced a marked improvement in their living conditions after starting to use cannabis. The number of seizures could be reduced by a incredible large number.
On 20. June 2018, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt announced his support for the medical use of cannabis. On 26. July 2018, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced that cannabis products would be legalised for patients with “exceptional clinical need”. The new law came into force on 1. November 2018 and stipulates that general practitioners may not prescribe drugs derived from cannabis. The prescription must be made by a specialist. The guidelines also state, that medical cannabis should only be prescribed if there is clear evidence of its usefulness and other treatment options are exhausted.
In early 2018, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) published a report examining the size of the UK cannabis market and the potential impact of legalisation. The report concluded that the current British cannabis black market has a volume of over £2.5 billion and that cannabis tax revenues could be between £204 million and £571 million!
The head of the Lifestyle Economics department of the IEA described the legalisation of cannabis as a “win-win-win” and stated: “Criminals lose a lucrative industry, consumers get better, safer and cheaper products and the burden on the general taxpayer is reduced”.
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