The call must be heeded sooner or later.
Cannabis was once considered a dangerous drug. Not until research showed the natural leaves left one relaxed and to a point, sedated for thinking.
According to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, studies show clear evidence that medical cannabis helps in alleviating certain human conditions including chronic pain and anxiety.
However, the Home Office has no statement on the issue. It also said there are no plans to legalise the drug.
Following the ban on Legal Highs — synthetically-manufactured drugs that re-create ‘safely’ the effects of black market drugs — the Home Office will unlikely give its thumbs-up to cannabis.
Cannabis supplies certain extracts to a drug called Sativex that aid people with multiple sclerosis.
Due to law in England and Wales ill-recognising cannabis as having any therapeutic value, medical professionals cannot prescribe cannabis even for medical conditions.
Co-chair Baroness Molly Meacher said: “Cannabis works as a medicine for a number of medical conditions.
“The evidence has been strong enough to persuade a growing number of countries and US states to legalise access to medical cannabis.
“Against this background, the UK scheduling of cannabis as a substance that has no medical value is irrational.”
The group commissioned a report by an expert in rehabilitation medicine, Prof Mike Barnes, which found good evidence that medical cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of:
- chronic pain (including neuropathic pain)
- spasticity (often associated with Multiple Sclerosis)
- nausea and vomiting, particularly in the context of chemotherapy
And there was moderate evidence that it could help with:
- sleep disorders
- poor appetite
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- Parkinson’s symptoms
- But there was limited or no evidence that cannabis helps:
- dementia mood problems
- bladder function
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Huntington’s disease
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- gut disorders
- curb cancer growth