British House of Lords Committee Calls for Medical Marijuana Access 11/13/98

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A 70-page report to be released this week by the Lords Science and Technology Committee will call for a change in British law to allow marijuana to be made available medicinally. The report is certain to raise the call for cannabis law reform in the UK, which has gained enormous support recently from British health authorities, in the media and even inside the government, to new heights. Labour MP Paul Flynn called the report "a major breakthrough."

The British Medical Association weighed in on the issue last year, pointing our that there was "good evidence" of the effectiveness of marijuana for certain conditions "in which other treatments are not fully adequate."

The Lords Committee, a large percentage of whose members are retired scientists, spent eight months on the inquiry, which included extensive interviews with expert witnesses.

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