Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients as early as next month, Sajid Javid has announced.
The Home Secretary said they will start handing out the prescriptions from November 1.
The new rules apply to England, Wales and Scotland, and follow several high-profile cases, including that of young epilepsy sufferers Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, whose conditions appeared to be helped by cannabis oil.
Setting out the new regulations regarding cannabis-based products for medicinal use, Mr Javid said: ‘This brings these products explicitly into the existing medicines framework.
‘These regulations are not an end in themselves. The ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) will be conducting a long-term review of cannabis and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has been commissioned to provide advice for clinicians by October next year.
‘The Government will monitor the impact of the policy closely as the evidence base develops and review when the ACMD provides its final advice.’
A Vodafone advert starring Martin Freeman has been banned for being misleading. The television advert features the actorappearing to break up with a partner, before it is revealed he’s actually trying to leave his mobile phone provider.
The Advertising Standards Authority acted on complaints that the advertimplied customers can leave a phone contract at any point, despite Vodafone’s service guarantee onlyapplying to the first 30 daysof a new deal.
ASA said the ad gave the impression that Freeman’s character wanted to leave a contract that had been in place for some time.
His character in the ad said: “I haven’t got the strength to keep arguing with you,” before a voice-over said: “Breaking up’s never easy but, unlike other networks, Vodafone has a 30-day service guarantee, so if you don’t love us, you can leave us.”
Eleven viewers complained to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) that the wording was misleading because it did not make clear that customers could only cancel in the first 30 days of a new deal.
The ASA said the ad gave the impression that Freeman’s character was wanting to leave a contract that had been in place for some time, but the service guarantee acted as a 30-day cooling-off period.
The ASA said: “After that point, consumers would face those same difficulties in trying to leave their contract with Vodafone, and whilst we acknowledged Vodafone’s reference to the small print which referred to the terms and conditions on the website, we did not consider that this altered the impression presented by the ad.