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All around the world in recent months, cannabis has been a hot topic in the medical industry, media and the public, due to studies being carried out proving to have medical benefits.
Medical marijuana has the potential to make a name for itself in the medical industry as a treatment for many ailments like Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, ADHD/ADD, Herpes Virus and much much more.
The only issue regarding cannabis is the fact that it’s not legal, and in fact many if not most countries classify cannabis as a schedule 1 drug, an A class drug or in the UK, a B class drug. Although science has proven that cannabis has many great healing properties such as anti-inflammatories and antibacterials, research on the drug is very limited due to the legalisation of cannabis and laboratories not being able to carry out enough studies since they can’t get their hands on the drug in the first place.
Due to this lack of research and study, governments in the past have said that the drug isn’t beneficial, or they don’t know the side effects, therefore we can’t legalise it (in simple terms), but many countries are now taking control and making baby steps into legalising the drug. Most countries would more than likely legalise the drug for medicinal purposes only, but Canada have stated on the 21st of June 2018 that they are putting forward a vote to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes (as cannabis is already legal for medicinal purposes).
Theresa May, the prime minister of the United Kingdom has been forced by the UK population to view and confront the issues regarding the UK’s drug legislation. This has rise’s due to two cases where children who have severe medical conditions were denied their treatment of medical cannabis which has been used to save their lives. Jeremy Hunt British Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister serving as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care stated that “the government has not got the law right on cannabis”.
William Hague the former leader of the Conservative Party has admitted that the British government are extremely behind and out of date and that they are in need of looking at Canada as an example for their future. Canada is set for marijuana to become recreationally legal, nationwide (the second country to achieve this). In Canada marijuana still rem October 17, 2018, marijuana remains illegal (except with a physician’s prescription, for medical purposes). The country’s parliament passed a law legalising the drug on Tuesday, the 19th of June 2018.
The labour party in Britain are supporting the legalisation of Cannabis in the country, and as a result, they are now making an apparent advancement, of the change in legislation of the cannabis drug for the first time since it went from a C class, up to a B class schedule drug.
The UK and France are amongst the strictest countries when it comes to their drug legislation, and countries like Portugal, Spain, Norway, Sweden, United States, Netherlands and Uruguay have all legalised and regulated marijuana for either medical use only or both recreational marijuana and medical. Their laws on marijuana differ from the amount of marijuana you can have on a person, whether you can grow a cannabis plant, etc.
Hopefully, in due course, children like Billy Billy, who needs marijuana for his seizures will be entitled to have his treatment to keep him alive.