An urgent question has been tabled in the House of Commons following the seizure of THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) capsules at the border.  Border Force confiscated the 3-month supply of medical cannabis, which is illegal in the UK without a prescription, at Southend Airport on 6th April.  The capsules were purchased in the Netherlands, and were being brought into the country by the family of a child with epilepsy, who hoped the drugs might help ameliorate their daughter’s symptoms but had been refused a prescription.  Since 2018 it has been legal for specialist doctors to prescribe THC, but it has not been widely adopted, due to a lack of research proving the drugs are safe and effective.  CBD products, which lack the psychoactive THC compound, are widely available alternative therapies.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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