‘Access to medicinal cannabis must improve’, expert urges


Hardly any children have received medical cannabis in the seven months since its prescription was legalised, doctors say.

Former drugs tsar Professor David Nutt, a psychiatrist at Imperial College London, warned many patients are suffering epileptic seizures as they struggle to get the treatment, despite last year’s change in the law.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, he said most doctors are ‘fearful’ of prescribing cannabis oil after decades of what he called ‘absurd’ prohibition.

The law was changed in November to allow specialist doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis, following several high-profile cases in which parents were stopped from bringing the drug into Britain for children with epilepsy.

But patients have complained that it is almost impossible to persuade doctors to actually prescribe the drug.

Professor Nutt – who was sacked from his job as the Government’s chief adviser on drugs in 2009 after saying

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