Medical cannabis in the news – top stories from the last week

Medical cannabis in the news – top stories from the last week
Cannabis Health News

Your weekly round-up of the latest coverage of medical cannabis in the mainstream media. While Cannabis Health has reported on the UK’s grappling with medical cannabis access and legislation since day one, mainstream media is increasingly turning its focus on the subject. In the interest of opening up cannabis medicines to patients and finally breaking the taboo this increased coverage can only be a good thing; even with the instances of misinformation and skewed opinions. Silicon Valley’s social media empires may reign supreme, but national mainstream media retains the power to change views and mobilise action. In case you missed them, here are some of the top headlines from the last week: Mother’s plea for urgent access The BBC this week shared the story of Isaac, a three-year-old with the rare developmental disorder Lujan-Fryns syndrome who has up to 80 seizures a day. Having seen her son try 13 anti-epilepsy drugs without success, his mum Sarah Sugden has urged the NHS to prescribe him medical cannabis. Just before his second birthday, Isaac had his first epileptic seizure, although Ms Sugden was told it was unlikely to have been the first, the BBC reports. He was transferred to specialists at Leeds General Infirmary after doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary were unable to control the seizures. Sarah described the side effects of the various drugs he was administered as “horrendous” and believes medicinal cannabis could help. No NHS prescription has been forthcoming, however, with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust telling the BBC that there were “clear guidelines” around the drug and consultants took decisions based on patients’ clinical needs. See the story here. Landmark ruling for cannabis supplier Cancer patient Andrew Baines made headlines this week after he avoided a 15-year jail sentence following his arrest for possession of £10,000 worth of cannabis. The 46-year-old…

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