Medical cannabis

  1. Mum takes medical cannabis fight to the PM

    Alfie Dingley's family is among those taking their campaign for better access to medicinal cannabis to the prime minister today

    Hannah Deacon's son Alfie was the first in the country to be prescribed cannabis on the NHS, to treat severe epilepsy.

    She is today delivering a letter to number 10 after only three prescriptions have been issued on the health service in the three years since.

    Hannah Deacon and Alfie Dingley

    Mrs Deacon, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, wants government-funded research to look at real-life evidence of the medicine's effectiveness.

    She said the medicine should be available to everyone who needs it after it had a huge impact on her son.

    "He was suffering so much, spent a huge amount of time in hospital," she said.

    "Now he is able to access schooling, he is able to make friends, he is able to learn, and I want to see that made being made available to all families like ours."

  2. Morocco legalises medicinal cannabis

    BBC World Service

    A villager stands in a field of cannabis near the town of Ketama in Morocco's northern Rif region on September 2, 2019.
    Image caption: Morocco is one of the world's biggest producers of cannabis for illicit, recreation uses

    The Moroccan parliament has passed a law legalising the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial uses.

    The aim is to tap into a growing global market, boost agriculture and create jobs in underdeveloped rural areas.

    Morocco is one of the world's biggest producers of cannabis for illicit, recreation uses. This will remain illegal under the new legislation.

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