In a letter received by an associate recently, (see page 1 and page 2) writen to his MP by James Brokenshire MP of the UK Home Office, he sates that despite Government's plans to re-schedule the cannabis-extract preparation called Sativex under the Misuse of Drugs Act Regulations 2001, which will make it medically available (at huge cost) in the UK, the Government stubbornly and ignorantly refuse to accept that the cannabis plant itself has medicinal value.
Mr Brokenshire wrote: "I should make it clear that the ACMD's advice on 'Sativex' and the future scheduling of this product do not effect, in any way, the scheduling of raw cannabis. Cannabis is and will remain a schedule 1 drug under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, as we do not recognise that it has any medicinal value"has been used medicinally for thousands of years and in fact was available over the counter in the UK until 1971, when it was banned supposedly to try to halt the so-called "recreational use".
The Home Office ruling is nothing other than a bias towards big industry that have so much power over us as individuals. For the price of one short course of Sativex many many therapeutic plants could be grown and supplied to the many many thousands of people that could benefit from it.
Shame on the UK Government!