Decision on medical cannabis in England within weeks

The government says it will reach a decision within the next few weeks on whether laws around medical cannabis will be changed.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is now assessing the “balance of harms and public health needs” in terms of rescheduling treatments.

It comes after high profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil. Continue reading “Decision on medical cannabis in England within weeks”

Serbian Cannabis Leader Arrested Ahead of Public Hearing

Life in Serbia, the largest and most populous country to emerge after the breakup of communist Yugoslavia in 1991, can still be a challenge for some. The nation’s drug laws are strict, as made clear recently when a leading cannabis advocate, scheduled to give public testimony on the plant’s therapeutic powers, was jailed before he could make his legalization plea. Continue reading “Serbian Cannabis Leader Arrested Ahead of Public Hearing”

Spanish Doctor Launches Cannabis Research Hub Amid Push for Reform

Legal access to cannabis in Spain, where the plant remains in a legal gray zone, is still a ways over the horizon, but medical patients in country are hopeful change is underway. Developments such as a new national observatory centered on medical applications of cannabinoids and initiatives like the CannabMed conference in Barcelona are adding to the country’s cannabis knowledge base, empowering patients and health care professionals, and highlighting the need for reform of medical cannabis legislation. Continue reading “Spanish Doctor Launches Cannabis Research Hub Amid Push for Reform”

Bureaucratic Red Tape Frustrates Czech Cannabis Patients

Medical cannabis has been legal for more than three years in the Czech Republic, but a persistent lack of supply and hassles facing doctors are setting the stage for a legal battle to expand cannabis access in the central European country. Continue reading “Bureaucratic Red Tape Frustrates Czech Cannabis Patients”