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Medical cannabis under prescription

Published Friday, May 17, 2019

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Monday 20 May 2019 on medical cannabis under prescription. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the motion for the debate is in the names of Sir Mike Penning MP and Tonia Antoniazzi MP.

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The motion to be debated is 

That this House re-affirms its welcome of the change in the law which allows for access to medical cannabis under prescription but notes that only a handful of prescriptions for whole plant extract medical cannabis have been issued on the NHS which has left a significant number of patients, many of them children with intractable epilepsy, with no access causing significant distress; and calls on the Government to take further immediate action to ensure that medical cannabis is made available to appropriate patients, in particular to the children suffering severe intractable epilepsy similar such as that afflicting children like such as Alfie Dingley whose plight and campaign did so much to secure the change in the law.

Please see the Commons Library's Briefing Paper on Medical use of cannabis in conjunction with this pack. 

Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0128

Authors: Nikki Sutherland; Sarah Barber

Topics: Diseases, Medicine

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