Channel Islands Fill Over 2,000 Medical Cannabis Prescriptions

High Times

In the English Channel separating the United Kingdom (UK) and France, the Channel Islands are far ahead of the game, when it comes to medical cannabis—issuing over 2,000 prescriptions. The Channel Islands are paving a way for a new economic sector, thanks to a looser approach than the mainland.  Under the UK’s medical cannabis regime, general practitioners (GPs) are generally not able to prescribe medicinal cannabis through the The National Health Service (NHS) by routine. Only people with severe intractable epilepsy and other rare conditions are eligible, and often parents don’t have the time to wait. Endless bureaucratic nonsense makes it nearly impossible to get a prescription. Two years after the UK’s law had changed, for instance, only 10 NHS prescriptions had been written. But in the Channel Islands, it’s a different story.  The islands are governed by two Crown Dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. (The Isle of Man near Ireland is the third Crown Dependency.) They are known as havens of tax-friendly regulations, and all introduced new legislation allowing for easier investment of medical cannabis. Like the UK, cannabis is a prohibited Class B substance in the Channel Islands, carrying the relevant penalties. Jersey’s law was amended to allow medical cannabis. On January 1, 2019, it became legal in Jersey for doctors to prescribe cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Then in April 2019, it became legal to import CBD-based products onto the island with a maximum three percent THC on a dry-weight basis. On July 27, 2020, the law was updated to allow a three-month supply of medical cannabis to be imported. The Government of Jersey issued the first licenses for commercial cultivation of medicinal cannabis last January. Patients now have access to prescriptions and clinics such as Medicann are providing consultations directly with…

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