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Cannabis is not a schedule 1 drug – enable clinical trials by changing it!

Comment 4th February 2016

Currently cannabis is a schedule 1 drug.

The "Review_of_Drugs_Classification_Consultation_Paper.pdf" that was eventually released under a FOI request that the Labour government suppressed for years clearly states that cannabis is a schedule 1 drug.

My argument is that this is completely false and is preventing medical trials of cannabis & cannabis preperations by effectively giving the one company in the UK a complete monopoly on the technology and therefore undermining the market for alternative medicinal treatments.

A schedule 1 drug is defined as "Having no recognised medicinal use"

This is clearly wrong as the UK government have granted a license to grow, process and distribute cannabis based medication to GW Pharmicuticals.

 

This product is called "Sativex" and was approved eariler this year for the treatment of MS.

 

Quoted from http://www.gwpharm.com/faqs.aspx

Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds found only in the cannabis plant. Different cannabinoids appear to have different pharmacological effects. Over 60 different cannabinoids have so far been identified but the role and importance of many of these has yet to be fully understood. Cannabinoids known to have pharmacological effects of therapeutic relevance include Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG) and Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Certain cannabinoids have been shown to have analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsant, anti-tremor, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic and appetite-stimulant or appetite-suppressant properties.

http://www.gwpharm.com/cannabinoids-science.aspx

For a very interesting piece on how the chemicals in cannabis work

http://www.gwpharm.com/product-pipeline.aspx

And all the medicinal products thay are looking to produce.

Infact their website is full of government approved corperate pro medical-cannabis documents. These prove beyond reasonable doubt that cannabis does have medicinal uses so therefore it is not a schedule 1 drug.

If you find big company websites too corperate then checkout

http://www.phoenixtears.ca/article/resources/links/granny-s-list/grannys-list.html

Which again proves 100% that cannabis does have medicinal uses.

The US have even sanctioned cannabis for treatment of post traumatic stress syndrome for troops returning from Iraq/Afganistan – so even the dracoian USA acknowledge medicinal use.

Why does this matter?

Cannabis is not a schedule 1 drug & never should have been one.

 

If cannabis was changed to Schedule 4 or 5 then it would be easier for hospitals/universities to carry out trials of cannabis based treatments – this could revolutionise low-cost treatments for people with long term conditions such as arthritis, back pains.

If GW Pharmicuticles have the sole license in the UK then they have a complete monopoly – this is anti-competitive and is damaging to the consumer as it inevitably results in higher prices and less choice of medication.

This change could be done without any change to the legal status of cannabis – but possession of medicinal cannabis (with a prescription or medical card) would not be a crime.

This could be done without incurring the wrath of the tabloids or the UN as this is strictly a change of schedule not a legalisation/decriminalisation move. But it could result in a large number of scientific studies being carried out easily and that data could then prove if cannabis is "the devils weed" or another penicilin.

 

Links for those of you after legalisation/decriminalisation…. I'm just after medication!

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