Medical cannabis trends in the UK since its legalization in the year 2008. Another reason why it trends is due to the increasing cases of incurable diseases. In this article, you’ll find out the effects of increasing medical cannabis usage in the UK’s healthcare system and the world’s.
The Legalization of medicinal cannabis in November 2018
In the year 2018, the UK finally legalized medicinal cannabis. The overwhelming pressure that the authorities got from child to adult epilepsy cases prompted them to allow the medicinal usage of cannabis. To be specific, the health cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley was the final act that pushed the government for legalization.
By February of this year, the collaboration between Grow Biotech, IPS Specials and European Cannabis Holdings was a success. They pioneered the delivery of a bulk shipment filled with medicinal cannabis. The packages were sent immediately to certain pharmacies. It can only be acquired via prescription.
Marijuana legalization for recreational use in other countries
Yes, UK was one of the pioneering countries to legalize medical cannabis, but some countries are far advanced in terms of attitude towards Marijuana. For example, in Uruguay, the government didn’t only legalize medicinal Marijuana; they also allowed the recreational aspect of it. The same situation has happened to Canada since last year (2018). Canada was another country added to the list that opened an arm for marijuana legalization. The liberal government of Canada legalized marijuana use on October 17, 2018.
UK hasn’t allowed the recreational use of Marijuana yet, but people would like to believe that soon, the government would consider the legalization of recreational marijuana. So far, UK’s reception for medicinal cannabis is warming up. However, there are still challenges to face after its legalization since November 2018.
The current challenges of the UK medicinal cannabis industry
In any new endeavour, there is always something that’s bound to happen. Some of those events would be negative, and some would be positive. In UK’s case, the legalization of medicinal cannabis led to some unforeseen challenges. These challenges aren’t necessarily negative, but it is definitely a motivation for further improvement.
Maybe the government was too tight about their restrictions, but people are starting to complain about the strict process of acquiring cannabis medication. An example of which is the acquisition of a specialty doctor. A patient can’t be legally treated with medicinal cannabis without the supervision of an authorized specialized doctor. Some people felt the list of doctors who are authorized to perform medicinal cannabis is too short.
Make no mistake, though, because as of now, the UK has an impressive pace in joining the “green rush.” The process of perfecting the regulations about medicinal Marijuana is undeniably still on a beta process. However, stakeholders are confident that it will straighten out soon.
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