A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) specifically focussing on the use of cannabis as a prescribed medicine in the UK is to be established. The new group will be co-chaired by MPs Sir Mike Penning and Dr. Dan Poulter. The group will be the focus of parliamentary activity around the issues associated with legalising access to medical cannabis in the UK under prescription from a medical professional.
Co-chair of the new group, Sir Mike Penning MP said:
“There is a substantial and growing body of evidence from around the world that cannabis has a role to play in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. Many countries and other jurisdictions, including 29 US states, have legalised access to medical cannabis.
“People who find relief from their symptoms using medical cannabis should be treated as patients, not criminals. There is majority support for medical cannabis in the Commons and in the country. This coming together of growing parliamentary and public support means that this is the time to secure change and remove medical cannabis from a Home Office remit to where it should belong, in the Department of Health.
“The formation of this new APPG reinforces the view that medical cannabis should be treated separately from other, wider reform of drugs in the UK.
“This group is solely about cannabis as a medicine, not a recreational drug.”
The group is aiming to attract membership from the 75 MPs who are already publicly listed supporters of the largest UK campaign calling for the legalisation of access to medical cannabis under prescription, End Our Pain.