I welcome the announcement from the Chief Medical Officer for England that there is conclusive evidence of the therapeutic benefit of cannabis based medicinal products for certain medical conditions. This is something I have argued with the Home Office about for some time, alongside other MPs from across the political divide.
The cases of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell have led the UK Government to a complete u-turn on their views on medical cannabis. However, it should not have taken the pain and suffering of two young boys for them to realise they were on the wrong side of the argument.
As I recently said it is time that we reappraised our attitude to cannabis and moved forward on fact based strategy that does not harm society but benefits it. I would now expect the U.K. government to move swiftly to legislate on the provision of medical cannabis under prescription.