Issues / The debate around medicinal cannabis. April 8th, 2019 Hot Topic For those interested in following a different debate - here’s the debate surrounding medicinal cannabis. Do you think doctors should prescribe THC products? Cannabis can be prescribed by doctors in special circumstances to treat illnesses and diseases such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and for easing the side effects of chemotherapy. It became legal last year. In the UK, doctors are reluctant to prescribe medicinal cannabis containing the substance THC. At the weekend, the family of a young girl with severe epilepsy was stopped at Southend Airport after they were found trying to smuggle back medicinal cannabis for the girl to use. This came after she was refused a UK prescription for a THC cannabis product. As such, the family travelled to Holland to obtain some. This topic has been debated in the House of Commons chamber today. "We're working hard to get the right approach, the law was changed on 1st Nov last year.. Whether to prescribe must be a clinical decision to be made with the patient and their families." - Matt Hancock, Health Secretary "What is the minister going to do to speed up the process around this issue? We need to make sure that no other families of sick children have to suffer in the way that the Appleby family is suffering." - Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary Recent Articles Should we abolish private schools? What is the Loan Charge?