From 1 November this year, a new cannabis exemption card will be available to protect medicinal cannabis patients from arrest and legal prosecution in the UK. Over 1 million people in the UK may be eligible for the Cancard through their GPs. The initiative is supported by the Police Federation, medical cannabis patients, and MPs all over the country.
In the UK, there are an estimated 1.4 million severely ill people relying on medical cannabis for its therapeutic effect. Due to the low numbers of these patients being able to access cannabis medicines legally through the NHS, many are forced to rely on cannabis from illicit sources.
The medical use of cannabis was legalised in the UK two years ago following the cases of two epileptic children who benefited from using cannabis gaining substantial media and public attention.
Cancard, which is a holographic photo ID, has been designed by medical cannabis patients in collaboration with senior police officials. The card will be available…