Hemel Hempstead MP Sir Mike Penning, who co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prescribed Use of Medical Cannabis has welcomed the Government statement today announcing the legalisation of cannabis-based products for medicinal use.
The new regulations will come into force on 1 November.
Sir Mike said:
“This formal announcement makes this a momentous day and I commend the Home Secretary for taking these bold and decisive steps. It has reversed decades of backward thinking on this important issue by successive governments.
“There is still much detailed work to be done. Since the high-profile cases of the summer involving the young children with epilepsy there has been a very disappointing reaction from a large number of consultants and health Trusts, with many refusing to even submit applications to the interim medical cannabis expert panel.
“I have constituents who have contacted me desperate for access to these drugs and now there is no legal barrier preventing their consultants from prescribing them.
“Today’s announcement puts the ball now firmly in the court of the health professionals and health authorities to approach this new and exciting field of UK medicine with an open mind.
“The Government has given a bold and decisive lead. The APPG group is offering to work with the Department for Health & Social Care, the Royal Colleges and any other relevant organisations to make sure that all patients that can benefit from this new development can do so.”