There is a â€œserious cultural block within theÂ NHSÂ around medical cannabisâ€, according to MPs.
The criticism comes after it emerged that the family of the first child to be prescribed medical cannabis after its legalisation must pay almost Â£10,000 a year to access the privately prescribed medicine as they follow a bureaucratic â€œassault courseâ€.
The all-party parliamentary group for medical cannabis condemned the workings of the current licensing regime, saying it cannot have been what the government envisaged when they legalised medical cannabis in November.
Calling for action from the highest levels of government to rectify a system that was â€œletting patients downâ€, co-chair Tonia Antoniazzi MP said: â€œTheÂ high-profile cases over the summerÂ of Alfie Dingley and others clearly show that for some epileptic children medical cannabis containing low concentrations of THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] can be life-transforming.
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