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.