UK: NHS cannabis guidelines challenged in court

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Families protest over NHS medical cannabis rules ‘Hundreds’ going private for medical cannabis The legal cannabis no-one’s been able to access He became more vocal, took an interest in his toys and began to feed himself, they explained. Although medical cannabis was legalised in November 2018, almost no NHS prescriptions have been handed out. After obtaining a private prescription for cannabis oil, the family said Charlie’s seizures reduced and his development started to speed up. Charlie’s parents say they will only be able to afford another six months of the medication without an NHS prescription. Brain scans also showed a significant reduction in “chaotic brain activity” associated with seizures, Mr Hughes said.

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The parents of a three-year-old boy with severe epilepsy are going to court to mount the first legal challenge to the guidelines on prescribing cannabis on the NHS.

Charlie Hughes went from having up to 120 seizures a day to fewer than 20, after receiving cannabis oil privately.

Although medical cannabis was legalised in November 2018, almost no NHS prescriptions have been handed out.

A victory for the family could make the current guidance unlawful.

When the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produced guidance for the NHS, it said there was not enough evidence to recommend...

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