Health & Social Care first changed the law in 2019 to allow authorised specialists to prescribe the drug, but that ran into problems because there were none on the island.
The absence of any local doctors on the UK Specialist Register requesting to prescribe medicinal herbal cannabis led Health & Social Care to look at changes to the law to allow islanders to obtain legally a prescription from a UK doctor and have it imported into the Bailiwick instead.
‘These recent legislative changes build on the amendments made by HSC in 2019,’ said medical director Dr Peter Rabey.
‘They will allow the lawful importation of prescribed medical cannabis from the UK through the establishment of a licensing process.
‘They will also extend the ability to prescribe medicinal cannabis to include GPs rather than just specialists.
‘Occasionally there are unforeseen practical barriers when legislation is amended. As soon as this was identified, HSC prioritised the necessary changes to allow islanders access to medicinal cannabis.’
These legislative changes are now in force.