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The use of therapeutic cannabis will be authorized this autumn in the United Kingdom, the British interior minister, Sajid Javid, announced this week.
The authorization will give physicians the possibility of prescribing pharmaceutical grade cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy. The news comes only a few weeks after Europe and the United States approved a drug against seizures.
“This will help patients with specific medical needs, however, it is not the first step to legalizing the recreational use of cannabis,” Javid said in a statement.
Throughout the United Kingdom cases have been reported of people who are treated with this medicine illegally. Specifically, the testimonies of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell have received widespread media attention recently.
“Therapeutic cannabis by prescription will improve the lives of patients who suffer in silence. There is nothing more difficult than to see the relatives suffer, “the minister explained in a recent Tweet.
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