SNP MP says public pharma company could better provide medicinal cannabis after government green light
SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has argued that a publicly owned pharmaceutical company could deliver newly available cannabis-based medicines to NHS patients
AFTER a green light from the Home Office for NHS experts to use cannabis-based medicines to treat patients, an SNP MP and long-time drug reform campaigner has expressed concern about the role of pharmaceutical giants in providing the new drugs.
SNP MP welcomes home office green light for cannabis medicines
Long-time drug reform campaigner Ronnie Cowan MP has welcomed the change in the law surrounding the use of cannabis-related medicines
THE HOME OFFICE has announced that cannabis-related medicines will now be available for patients on prescription.
The policy shift comes following a landmark case where the home secretary, Sajid Javid, issued an emergency licence for the medicine to treat a critically ill child.
Ronnie Cowan MP: The Govt licenses the largest medical cannabis industry in the world - so why do they still deny its therapeutic value?
SNP MP Ronnie Cowan, vice-chair of APPG on drug policy reform, argues that the UK’s denial of the therapeutic value of medical cannabis is no longer tenable, given the government’s approval of cannabis production by British Sugar and links to the top of the industry
OVER 30 US states now have access to some form of cannabis derived medicines. A rapidly growing number of European countries - around a dozen to date, allow various forms of medical cannabis, as does Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Jamaica.
Scots drug possession stats prompt calls for fresh approach to cannabis
Calls for a 'regulated cannabis market' after drugs stats for 2016/17 are published
CANNABIS accounted for over 60 per cent of Scottish drug possession crimes in 2016/17 according to official statistics, prompting calls from Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton for the introduction of a "regulated cannabis market".
Powers over drug laws are reserved to Westminster, but Cole-Hamilton has said the "war on drugs" is costing millions but not working, suggesting government adopt "ground-breaking" Lib Dem plans for a regulated cannabis market.
'We cannot stand still': Bill to allow Glasgow drug consumption facility introduced at Westminster
SNP MP presents Ten Minute Rule Bill on supervised facility for injecting drugs
A SUPERVISED DRUG consumption facility could be piloted in Glasgow city centre under a new bill being presented by SNP MP Alison Thewliss at the House of Commons on Wednesday.
The facility, which aims to address public health concerns and the risk of death amongst addicts, would allow people to inject drugs under medical supervision.
The verdict: Here's what delegates thought about the SNP conference
Academics and SNP figures say drug decriminalisation could help Scotland reduce deaths
Following increased drug deaths in Scotland, experts say change is needed
INDEPENDENT drug policy experts have echoed sentiments of Ronnie Cowan MP and former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill this week on the need for an overhaul of drug policy.
Official statistics published this week revealed an increase of drug related deaths in Scotland by 23 per cent since 2015. The figure – 867 deaths in 2016 – stands at more than double the UK as a whole. Over 30 per cent of these were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and 88 per cent involved heroin or opioids.
SNP conference passes support for medical cannabis prescriptions
Conference motion on medical cannabis decriminalisation passed overwhelmingly
THE CONFERENCE of the governing party of Scotland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of medical cannabis decriminalisation.
A motion stating that “cannabis should be decriminalised for medical use and available on prescription” won the support of the vast majority of delegates following a case on behalf of vulnerable health care patients.
The mover of the motion said it was the “worst kept secret” that those with multiple sclerosis were using cannabis for symptoms.
UK Government must allow 'fix rooms' or devolve powers to Scotland, says SNP MP
Vice-chair of Westminster drug reform group says legal change could save lives
RONNIE COWAN, SNP MP for Inverclyde will lead a Westminster hall debate on drug consumption rooms on Wednesday, where he will call on the UK Government to legalise the rooms or devolve the powers needed for the Scottish Government to do so.