St. James's Park Station, London, United Kingdom.Medicinal cannabis was legalised in the UK for the first time in November 2018 but many NHS doctors still are reluctant to prescribe it to patients.

Campaign groups have claimed that the current system in place means patients who can afford private health have gained greater access to medicinal marijuana since the rules were changed but many of those relying on the NHS are being turned away.

Health secretary, Matt Hancock, has admitted that the current system for prescribing medicinal cannabis is not working. after Emma Appleby had a supply of medical cannabis for her severely epileptic nine-year-old daughter, Teagan, confiscated while trying to enter the UK in early April.

 The UK remains well behind the curve compared to North America. Canada legalised recreational cannabis in October 2018 and has allowed the use of medicinal cannabis since 2011.

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