Relaxation of laws means doctors will be able to give medicinal cannabis prescriptions

Doctors in the UK are to be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine after the government announced a relaxation of the laws governing access to the substance.

Thousands of patients with drug-resistant conditions will potentially be able to use cannabis-derived medicinal products for treatment after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, announced they should be placed in schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, allowing clinicians to prescribe them by the autumn.

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