Private Medicinal Cannabis Prescriptions Will be Available Soon

Health Minister Lawrie Hooper has said he expects private medicinal cannabis prescriptions will be available on the island later this year.

He was asked for an update from Garff MHK Daphne Caine.

Mr Hooper said the DHSC has been ‘developing a specification of requirements in order to complete a procurement process to commission the importation and on-Island dispensing of Cannabis Based Medicinal Products “CBMP” for patients issued with prescriptions from private clinics in the United Kingdom’.

He added: ‘The licensing process will enable individuals who obtain private prescriptions to access and obtain CBMP through a quality assured and accredited dispensary process for the first time on the Island. This follows amendments to the Misuse of Drugs legislation, introduced in November 2018, enabling England, Wales, Scotland and Crown Dependences to provide CMBP in circumstance where a clinician, listed on the specialist register of the General Medical Council, determines the appropriateness of the product for the patient.’

With this, he expects a procurement process for an on-island pharmacy to begin this month, with the contracted hopefully awarded by the end of April.

Mr Hooper said: ‘Thereafter, the Department will work closely with licensees to develop a mobilisation plan to ensure the appropriate governance structures are in place to deliver the service safely and securely from Q2 in the 2022/23 financial year.’

Amendments to the Misuse of Drugs legislation, introduced in November 2018, enabling England, Wales, Scotland and Crown Dependences allowed for CMBP in circumstance where a clinician, listed on the specialist register of the General Medical Council, determines the appropriateness of the product for the patient.

Despite this update, there is no sign of significant movement on NHS prescriptions on island.