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UK Declares CBD Medicine, Outlaws Sales

CBD producers and retailers in the UK began receiving letters from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency informing them of a recent decision by the agency to classify CBD (cannabidiol) as medicine. CBD businesses in the UK were given 28 days to stop selling or promoting CBD products. According to a statement published on Voltface, the MHRA provided the following statement regarding their decision:

“We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are a medicine. Products for therapeutic use must have a medicines’ licence before they can be legally sold or supplied in the UK. Products will have to meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards to protect public health.

If you use CBD and if you have any questions, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional.

We have written to UK CBD stockists and manufacturers to inform them of our view. These products will require a marketing authorisation to be granted before they can be legally sold, supplied or anywhere advertised in the UK. We can provide regulatory guidance to any company who may wish to apply for a licence.”

Paving the way for big pharma

The MHRA’s announcement should come as no surprise to activists, both in the UK and the US, who have watched UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals get closer and closer to official approval of their cannabis-based drugs over the last two years. Just a little over a week ago GW Pharmaceuticals released the results of their most recent clinical trial for Epidolex, which is a cannabis-based CBD drug aimed at treating children with Dravet Syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and other conditions that cause intractable seizures.

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One Comment

  • Angalee Jones says:

    This is why cannabis should be classified as food just because it’s medicinal does not mean pharma controls all plants ! No deaths ever medicinal or not cannabis is not dangerous to eat even…so nobody should have to beg to utilize this plant . Pharma can make medicines but Not steal our super preventative food…unless Vitamin C and Vitamin E and all vitamins and foods that keep us alive like a medicine should do are also giveaways to pharma.

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