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Whether you are looking for insights into cannabis industry advancements, legislative changes, or updates from members, our latest news stories cover a wide range of topics, including collaborative projects, policy updates, and global trends that impact the legal UK and international cannabis sectors. By bringing together news from across the industry, we aim to keep you informed and engaged, supporting growth and innovation. 

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Number of patients reaches 32,000

The total number of prescription cannabis patients has now reached 32,000, according to CIC Honorary President Prof. Mike Barnes. Prof. Barnes gave the latest estimate during his speech at this year’s Patient Conference, held on 3 November in London. Commenting later on X (Twitter), Prof. Barnes clarified the process for

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Complete our patient survey now

A patient survey has been launched by the Cannabis Industry Council, to coincide with Medical Cannabis Awareness Week (1-7 November). Both current and former prescription cannabis patients can complete the survey here. The survey results will better enable the Cannabis Industry Council to understand the challenges patients face, and to

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UK medical cannabis imports triple in size

Drugs Minister Chris Philp MP has stated that the amount of medical cannabis imported into the UK in 2023 has more than tripled, when compared to last year. Responding to a Parliamentary question, Mr Philp said that up to 19 September this year, the UK had imported 23,890 KG of

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CIC publishes Bill to enable GPs to prescribe cannabis medicines

A draft Bill to enable general medical practitioners (GPs) to initiate cannabis medicine prescriptions has been published by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The CIC and its lawyers believe that the most straightforward process would be to make three simple amendments to section 4 of The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Cannabis

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Exclusive medical cannabis training

The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society is now offering CIC Members access to their exclusive monthly CPD-accredited medical cannabis training for just £99. In this 3-hour online session led by Prof Mike Barnes, clinicians and non-clinicians alike can deepen their understanding of the treatment. Topics covered include the history of CBMPs,

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Home Office backs CBPM e-prescribing proposals

Drugs Minister Chris Philp MP has backed ACMD advice on proposals from NHS England to allow e-prescribing of CBPMs (and other schedule 2 and 3 drugs). The Government will now consider what practical steps and legislation are required to enact the change. Dr Sunil Arora, Co-chair of the CIC Prescription

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CIC responds to new FSA CBD guidance

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released new guidance recommending consumer CBD dosage limits of 10mg / day in foods and food supplements. FSA announcement – Position paper from FSA subcommittee – CIC CBD (wellness) Working Group Chair Damien Bove commented: “The Cannabis Industry Council will review the

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Cannabis industry ‘debanking’ survey launched

A survey to understand the scale of UK cannabis industry banking challenges has been launched by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). This follows ongoing anecdotal concerns across the industry about accessibility issues for bank accounts and other financial services. Without a business bank account, not only are company operations impacted,

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EDQM publishes Cannabis flower monograph

The new European Pharmacopoeia monograph on Cannabis flower (3028) was published last week on the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), Council of Europe website. The monograph will be officially published in Ph. Eur. Supplement 11.5 in January 2024, and is due to come into effect

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Medical Cannabis Awareness Week approaches

The fifth anniversary of the legalisation of prescription cannabis is being marked at Medical Cannabis Awareness Week (#MCAW) on 1 – 7 November 2023. Started by PLEA in 2020, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week we remember what we are all ultimately fighting for: improved quality, better regulations, and wider access

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New role: Non-Executive Board Director

Role Overview:The Non-Executive Director (NED) will play a crucial role in the strategic direction, oversight, and governance of Canindcou Ltd (trading as Cannabis Industry Council). As a key member of the Board of Directors, the NED will contribute their extensive experience, insights, and independent perspective to support the organisation’s growth

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Employers risk breaching Equality Act over cannabis patients

Employers are currently at risk of breaching the Equality Act over their approach to prescription cannabis patients, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). Entitled ‘The Use of Prescription Cannabis at Work’, the report notes that employers must provide reasonable adjustments to accommodate those with disabilities.

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CIC responds to Home Affairs Committee drugs report

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has just published their latest report on drugs policy. Responding to the report, Co-chair of the CIC Research Working Group, Melissa Sturgess, said: “The Cannabis Industry Council welcomes the Home Affairs Committee recognising the fact that cannabis medicines can help those with chronic

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Register now for CIC Conference

The CIC is holding a member conference on Thursday 2 November in London, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. The first part of the event will run from 1.30 – 5pm, and will include updates from the CIC team and working groups. It will also involve a workshop session to discuss

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people networking at event

CIC holds parliamentary campaign launch

The CIC launched our latest report, ‘Why GPs should be able to prescribe cannabis medicines’, on Monday 17 July in Parliament. Thank you from the CIC to all who attended the event, including various MPs and Peers.   Speakers on the day were as follows: Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of

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Report: Cannabis prescribing can cut NHS waiting lists and crime

Allowing GPs to prescribe medical cannabis can drive down NHS waiting lists and reduce crime, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The report, entitled ‘Why GPs should be able to prescribe cannabis medicines’, assesses the state-of-play in the UK, where NHS waiting lists have now

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Early day motions

Urge your MP to back GPs prescribing

An ‘early day motion’ (EDM) has been tabled in Parliament, which calls for GPs to have the same medical cannabis prescribing rights as specialists. Please send the template letter to your MP today to encourage them to sign EDM 1410. 🗒 View EDM 1410 ✉ Download template letter 🏛 Find

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MCAW event

CIC event set for 2 November

The CIC is to hold a member conference on Thursday 2 November in London, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. The first part of the event will include presentations and updates from the CIC, members, and guest speakers. This will be followed by a networking reception for the industry and medical

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CIC co-signs Home Office CBD products letter

The CIC has co-signed a letter to the Home Office, alongside the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), the British Hemp Alliance (BHA), and the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA). The letter, prepared by EIHA, discusses THC limits on finished consumer CBD products in the UK. It proposes that the Home Office

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Services and Training

Additional member benefits launched

CIC Members can now receive free training and access discounted third-party professional services, such as legal, insurance and finance. The first offering available is from CIC Member The Tax Credit Company, who offer a 15% discount across a range of tax credit and grant services. Find out more here. CIC

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CIC calls for overhaul of ‘discriminatory’ cannabis driving laws

The current rules for prescription cannabis patients who drive are potentially ‘discriminatory’, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The report, entitled ‘Cannabis & Driving’, found that current driving legislation has not kept up-to-date with the legalisation of medical cannabis in 2018. Cannabis is on the

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Jamie Bartley and Callie Seaman New CIC Chairs

Industry leaders elected as new CIC Co-Chairs

Industry leaders Dr. Callie Seaman and Jamie Bartley have been elected as the new Co-Chairs of the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), taking on the baton from Professor Mike Barnes. Industry pioneer and consultant neurologist Professor Barnes supervised the first NHS prescription for medical cannabis back in 2018. He founded the

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‘Protect our Patients’ campaign launched

A new campaign calling for GPs to be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis to their patients has been launched by a group of leading industry organisations. The campaign, led by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS), Volteface, and Maple Tree Consultants, is calling for GPs

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First CIC Student Ambassador announced

The Cannabis Industry Council has announced Libby Furminger as its first Student Ambassador. Libby is a final year psychology student at Swansea University, and recently completed her dissertation on cannabis research. She also volunteers as an honorary research assistant for Drug Science, and is Co-chair of the Drug Science Student Society Network.

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Support 4/20 parliamentary debate

A parliamentary debate is being held on Thursday 20 April on the economic contribution of medicinal cannabis, which the Cannabis Industry Council is proud to support. Use this link to contact your MP, asking them to speak out in support our industry. Doing so will take just two minutes, and

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