Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard.
England’s Chief Medical Officer called for robust scientific trials to check safety. These trials can last years.
Families with children with severe epilepsy have been campaigning for greater access.
Campaigners say they have been let down.
‘Place in medicine’
Towards the end of 2018 cannabis was reclassified to allow some cannabis-derived medicines to be prescribed by specialist doctors in limited situations.
Currently medicinal cannabis is mostly unlicensed – meaning doctors can only prescribe in extreme circumstances, and many are reluctant to do so without more guidance and solid evidence.
The regulatory change came after a review by England’s