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Medicines management: UK should review ban on raw marijuana

Raw marijuana could benefit patients with certain conditions and the UK government should review its use, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths.
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Raw marijuana could benefit patients with certain conditions and the UK government should review its use, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

Some areas of the United States have laws supporting the use of raw marijuana for medical needs, as do certain countries in Europe – medical use is legal under certain conditions in Romania, and medical use of the drug on prescription has been legal since 2013 in the Czech Republic.

In the UK, the medical use of raw marijuana is currently not allowed, but there are products such as Sativex Oromucosal spray which contain the active ingredients from marijuana. This is licensed for symptom improvement in adult patients with moderate to severe spasticity due to multiple sclerosis (MS) who meet certain requirements.

It is also used ‘off licence’ – meaning

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