Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today called for medicinal cannabis products to be made available to those who need them as Home Secretary Sajid Javid today confirmed that the Government will review the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal use.
Ms Jardine has been campaigning on behalf of her constituent Murray Gray, who is seeking access to cannabis based treatments for seizures. She has secured commitments from Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, to meet her to discuss the case.
Former Conservative leader William Hague today branded the current prohibition of cannabis as ‘inappropriate, ineffective and out of date’, while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Today programme: "I don't think anyone who followed that story [the Billy Caldwell case] could sensibly say that we are getting the law on this kind of thing right".
Ms Jardine said:
"We cannot go on with a situation where every patient who could benefit from these treatments has to lobby the Home Office individually. While an expert review panel is sensible in the interim it still means that tens of thousands who could benefit from these treatments will have to wait.
"Even Conservative establishment figures like Lord Hague are finally recognising that this situation is not sustainable.
"I will continue to press for patients like Murray to get the medicine they need. If a doctor thinks this is going to benefit a patient, the Government should not be standing in the way.”