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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (APPG) will release its report following its inquiry into medicinal cannabis in the coming weeks. Members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons from all political parties are involved in the group.

The APPG was established n 2011 with the following declaration:

  • That the global war on drugs has failed.
  • That we will work for drug policy reform.
  • That the Group will draw upon available evidence and experience in order to inform our recommendations.

The APPG includes members such as Paul Flynn MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Lord Alan Howarth. The report from the inquiry into medical cannabis will include evidence from both oral and written hearings, as well as Prof Mike Barnes who will publish his review on the evidence of medical cannabis.

There is a good chance that the report will call for the rescheduling of cannabis so it can be used a medicine. It is likely though that with the current political climate nothing will change and reform will keep going at the slow pace it has. Drug reform has long been in the political sphere and evidence often does very little to change people’s opinions on how the law should be laid out.

For the moment, medical cannabis users will have to continue to treat their illnesses in an illegal manner, risking prosecution and police harassment in order to use the only thing that can cure their illnesses.

Baby steps.

 

July 11, 2016 by Gareth Arnold

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