October 20, 2023 by LIAM O’DOWD, leafie
A draft bill which would enable GPs to prescribe cannabis medicines in the UK has been published by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), in an attempt to improve patient access to cannabis.
In the bill, the CIC propose that the most straightforward process would be to make three simple amendments to section 4 of The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Cannabis and Licence Fees) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2018.
The amendments would incorporate ‘general medical practitioners’ alongside ‘specialist medical practitioners’ as lawful prescribers of cannabis, as well as defining who constitutes a GP. The draft Bill has been written as a piece of primary legislation.