Steven Agnew MLA

Doctors, not civil servants, should determine access to medicinal cannabis

Wednesday 20 June 2018 

Green Party leader Steven Agnew has written to the Permanent Secretary for Health, Richard Pengelly, to ask how his Department is dealing with requests for medicinal cannabis possession licences.

The correspondence comes following Charlotte Caldwell’s struggle to have her son Billy treated with cannabis oil and as the Home Secretary confirmed that devolved regions can deal with the issue under the health portfolio.

While 12 year old Billy has been granted a temporary licence to use cannabis oil, other local parents of critically ill children have requested access to medicinal cannabis.

The Green Party leader said:

“We need to have a serious and honest look at our drugs policies and legislation. The current system doesn’t recognise the medicinal benefits of cannabis so withholds care for no good reason.

“I want cannabis oil to be decriminalised so that patients can benefit from its clinically proven benefits”.

The North Down MLA concluded:

“Doctors, not politicians or civil servants should decide which medicines are best for patients”.

ENDS

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