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Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis inquiry


As the first part of a wider inquiry into the impact of drugs policy on public health, the Committee sought evidence on the usage of medicinal cannabis products. The Committee invited written submissions answering the following:

  • What does the current evidence base tell us about the efficacy of medicinal cannabis?
  • What plans are there for research into the medicinal use of cannabis, and what challenges are faced by that research?
  • How suitable are the current procedures for enabling the use of medicinal cannabis in appropriate cases?
  • Do practitioners have the knowledge and products available to them to confidently prescribe medicinal cannabis?
  • Is the current guidance around prescribing CDMPs fit for purpose? 
  • What can we learn from the legalisation of medicinal cannabis and its practical implementation in other countries?
  • Have recent changes in the scheduling and availability of CDMP, and media attention around this, affected public opinion and behaviours in the UK?

Reports, special reports and government responses

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16th Report - Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis
Inquiry Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis inquiry
HC 1821
Response to this report
Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis: Government Response to the Committee's Sixteenth Report
CP 171
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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26 March 2019
Inquiry Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis inquiry
Witnesses Professor Andrew Goddard, President, Royal College of Physicians, Professor Finbar O'Callaghan, President, British Paediatric Neurology AssociationBaroness Blackwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Health and Social Care, Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Home Office, Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England
Oral Evidence
19 March 2019
Inquiry Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis inquiry
Witnesses Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, Alette Addison, Head of Pharmacy Development and Regulation, Department of Health and Social CareGenevieve Edwards, Director of External Affairs, MS Society, Professor Mike Barnes, Interim Chair, Medical Cannabis Clinicians' Society, Peter Carroll, Campaign Director, End Our PainProfessor Helen Cross, Head of Developmental Neurosciences, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, Dr Imran Malik, Committee member, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Sanjay Sisodiya, Chair of the ABN Epilepsy Advisory Group, Association of British Neurologists
Oral Evidence
GW Pharmaceuticals (DMC0102)
Department of Health and Social Care (DMC0101)
Suprex (DMC0100)

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