Medical cannabis to be prescribed by GPs under new legislation
Debate expected shortly in Parliament
Parliament will soon begin discussing legislation on the use of medicinal cannabis, Health Minister Chris Fearne said today.
Addressing a press conference, Mr Fearne said he would be submitting an amendment to the 2015 Drug Dependence Act.
Mr Fearne told reporters that during the last legislature the government had introduced a law for the use of cannabis-derived products for medicinal purposes.
Although the law had followed a long period of consultation, medical professionals had complained that it only allowed specialists to prescribe cannabis extracts registered in the Medicines Act – a narrow selection.
The law, he said, specified that every medicine prescribed must have been approved by the local medicines authority or the EU’s medicines watchdog.