In November last year, when UK law changed to permit some doctors to prescribe full extract medical cannabis, many patients for whom cannabis relieves symptoms assumed that they would benefit.
The limited relaxation of the law and its interpretation mean that only a tiny number of prescriptions have been issued-and almost all of these to private patients.
Many patients therefore feel that they have no option but to break the law by continuing to take cannabis illegally.
As well as risking prosecution and lifelong criminal records, they are acting without medical guidance. They are unaware of content and strength, and risk ingesting pathogenic contaminants. And they have to buy from criminal markets that fund organised crime.
Read more: https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1980