Updated on January 25, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Legislators in the UK are currently forming a plan for the country’s medical marijuana laws and program. However, medical marijuana legalization is expected to occur sometime during the fall of 2018. Once this happens, patients will have better access to the resources they need.
Although it’s not certain that patients will have to register for a medical ID card before accessing their cannabis medications, it’s a possibility that some form of documentation will be required for medical marijuana patients to obtain any marijuana products.
Although the UK doesn’t currently have an established medical marijuana program, it’ll be helpful to have a government-sanctioned program to help patients treat their conditions with safe cannabis products. Although marijuana is currently prohibited for both medical and recreational purposes, there’s an active black market for cannabis in the UK that puts patients at risk.
Several of the potential perks of registering for a medical marijuana ID card include:
For nations that incorporate medical marijuana ID cards into their cannabis programs, such as the U.S., it can help serve as a mobile form of documentation of one’s medical cannabis authorization.
Although the details surrounding the country’s medical marijuana program are not yet official, it’s likely that patients who want a medical cannabis ID card will need to complete the following steps:
Although medical marijuana is not yet legal in the UK, patients do have the current opportunity to access low-concentration oils or Sativex from a pharmacy in their area. These products do not require a medical ID card but should be prescribed and recommended by a licensed physician.
Changes in legislation will provide patients greater access to cannabis, meaning a medical ID card may not be necessary. It’s also possible that marijuana will be prescribed in much the same manner as any other medicine and will be available for pick-up at a pharmacy.
Because the UK hasn’t revealed its medical marijuana program plans to the public, steps on maintaining regular access to their cannabis products are not yet known. However, we can speculate that the system will require regular contact with a trained physician.
Not only will developing a strong relationship with your doctor grant you continual access to your marijuana products, but it will also provide you with the following benefits:
As is the case with any other prescription, you’ll have to adhere to your doctor’s recommendations. Protection will not be given to patients who retrieve their cannabis from illegal sources or for those who attempt to obtain marijuana without authorization.
Although the UK intends to establish medical marijuana rules and regulations, it has no intention of legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes. All individuals desiring access to cannabis will have to be evaluated by a medical professional who will assess their condition.
This means United Kingdom-based residents won’t be able to receive cannabis without a diagnosis from a physician first. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana-friendly doctor in your area today to prepare yourself for your future treatment options.
Medical marijuana laws are changing throughout the world — the UK included. As the country works to establish official medical cannabis legislation, it’s vital to connect with the proper resources that will help you get a foot in the door of a healthier future.
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