The project, which is being tested for five years, will facilitate access to cannabis products. Led by Health Minister Simon Harris, the law will apply to just three medical conditions: nausea or vomiting related to chemotherapy treatment, to individuals with multiple sclerosis, or to severe epileptic cases. These restrictions are intended to make these measures exceptional, and the requirements will be given only as a "last resort," in the words of Simon Harris.
The latter had announced the legalization two years ago, but the subject returned to the front of the scene a few weeks ago. These delays are related, in particular, to the difficulty of finding suppliers of quality products, since the United Kingdom does not currently have a medically approved market for this substance. The Ministry of Health has moved closer to Denmark, the European pioneer in the export of medical cannabis , but also to Canada, the leader in this international market . Discussions with the German and Dutch markets are also underway. Ireland has indicated, however, that the country could in the near future grow its own cannabis.
Despite these advances, the minister said that the legalization of medical cannabis would not be the first step towards the decriminalization of recreational cannabis, a concern that often came back during the debates. An open letter has been written by an association of doctors, warning about the risks involved in taking drugs, and should not be underestimated, "especially for adolescents," they specify.