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Since the British government added medicinal cannabis to the list of medicines available to patients, prescriptions for the products have begun to  officially be written. 

As of November 1, “patients can be prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors” according to the Home office.

The move came after public opinion of cannabis’ uses drastically shifted this year due to two high-profile cases. In both situations, children suffering from epilepsy were unable to access their  cannabis oil medication due to government regulation and an uproar caused a change in government stance. 

The cases invoked the newly-appointed home secretary Sajid Javid to call for an urgent review of cannabis-based medicinal products. 

British health authorities will now author advice for specialist clinicians responsible for prescribing the cannabis products. 

“The new law will not limit the types of conditions that can be considered for treatment," a Home Office statement reads. Instead, doctors "must make decisions on prescribing cannabis-based products for medicinal use on a case-by-case basis, and only when the patient has an unmet special clinical need that cannot be met by licensed products." 

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/01/health/uk-medical-marijuana-cannabis-legal-intl/index.html

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