Medical Cannabis Could Be Legalised, Announces Sajid Javid

Ned Simons

Cannabis could be legalised for medicinal purposes, Sajid Javid has announced.

The home secretary told MPs on Tuesday morning if a government review concluded the drug had “significant medical benefits” the law would be changed.

But Javid said this was “in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use”.

Theresa May has been under increasing political pressure to review the law on cannabis amid a row over surrounding children who have been denied access to products derived from the drug which could alleviate life-threatening epileptic seizures.

Javid intervened at the weekend to provide a 20-day licence allowing 12-year-old Billy Caldwell to be treated with cannabis oil.

And he announced today a second child, Alfie Dingley, would be granted a licence to receive cannabis-based drugs.

More to follow.