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Medical Cannabis Awareness Week

Medical Cannabis Awareness Week 2023

On 1 November 2018, Medical Cannabis was made available on prescription in the UK. Medical Cannabis Awareness Week (MCAWtakes place during the first week of November every year and is an opportunity for patients and prescribers from across the medical cannabis sector to come together and share their experiences and reflect on what needs to change..

Started by PLEA in 2020, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, we remember what we are all ultimately fighting for; quality, transparency and NHS access to prescription medicinal cannabis.

Whether you’re a patient, doctor, nurse, allied health professional, student, researcher, licensed producer or professional in the sector, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, join the call for fair access to medical cannabis treatment and take part in the events. 



Since the law changed, only a handful of prescriptions for medical cannabis have been issued by the NHS. Patients unable to fund private prescriptions are suffering due to the fear, stigma and financial barriers preventing them accessing this safe, and potentially life-changing, treatment.

By sharing your story – whether you are a medical cannabis patient, or if you would like to explore this treatment- you can help to raise awareness and reduce the associated stigma. You can tell your medical cannabis patient story by recording a video, audio clip or writing it down, anonymously if you wish. Then, share it. Add your story to social media and connect with fellow patients using #MCAW on social media.

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Medical Cannabis Awareness Week is a great opportunity for organisations to get involved and pledge their commitment to education, awareness and support for fair access to medical cannabis. 

Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, GP or healthcare professional, academic, medical student, researcher, or if you work as part of an organisation such as a licensed producer, clinic, pharmacy or within legal, insurance or other sectors, you can play a vital part in helping us to raise awareness. 

Explore the events taking place during MCAW2023 and if you’re hosting an event, let us know and we’ll add it to the schedule. Watch and listen to patient stories being told, and share with your networks. 


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Whether you are a friend or family member of a medical cannabis patient, or you believe that this treatment should be available for people living with very serious and chronic health conditions, you can help us achieve our goals when you get involved

Find out about how medical cannabis works or take part in a webinar or other event during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. Medical Cannabis patients are sharing their stories – so watch, listen, read and share with your friends and networks.

Talk about #MCAW and how it coincides with the anniversary of medical cannabis becoming legal in the UK. Have a conversation about medical cannabis. It might just change the world.

MCAW 2023: Events

The medical cannabis community comes together for events during MCAW – both online and events you can attend in person. From panel discussions and webinars to networking events and the medical cannabis patient conference, MCAW events give individuals and organisations the opportunity to learn more.

Events cover a huge range of topics, including patient access, the latest industry insights, medical cannabis treatments, access schemes operating, the cannabis plant, medical cannabis research and expanding access to this treatment. 

Hosting a #MCAW event? Let us know and we’ll add it to the listings on this page.


MCPA Patient & Industry Q&A: MCAW 2023

Monday 6 Nov 2023 6pm Online Join the Medical Cannabis Patients Association and guests for a patient and industry Q&A. Guests:• Trisha Cassidy – MD, Aurora UK• Sonal Patel – Education Manager, Aurora UK• Hamish Clegg – CEO, Hilltop Leaf• Tim Henley – UK Manager, Cannim/Lumir• Micaël Zollmann – CEO,

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Cannabis Policy Change & Patient Issues: MCAW 2023

Wednesday, 1 Nov 2023 4pm – 5.30pm Online Join Seed our Future and Global Cannabinoid Solutions for an enlightening and thought-provoking webinar as they delve into the dynamic landscape of cannabis policy change, social issues, and the future of the industry. They will provide a comprehensive overview of the transformative

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Medical Cannabis Roadshow, Brighton: MCAW 2023

Sun, 5 Nov 2023 11am – 4pm The Heady Co. – 77B London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF The Medical Cannabis Roadshow, hosted by Sanskara and partners including The Heady Co., is in Brighton for Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. This event will be a chance for patients and healthcare professionals to

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Medical Cannabis Roadshow, Exeter: MCAW 2023

Monday, 6 Nov 2023 10am – 4pm Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG The Medical Cannabis Roadshow, hosted by Sanskara and partners, is in Exeter for Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. This all day event will be a chance for patients and healthcare professionals to come together

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Professional Networking Event: MCAW 2023

Thurs, 2 Nov 5pm – 9pm Gowling WLG, 4 More London Pl, London SE1 2AU Join The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society & Cannabis Industry Council for a networking event as part of Medical Cannabis Awareness Week 2023. Hosted at Gowling WLG, attendees from across the medical cannabis industry will have

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Medical Cannabis Patient Conference 2023

Fri, 3 Nov 2023 10:00 – 5:30pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square London WC1R 4RL The UK Patient Conference is back for a second year at Medical Cannabis Awareness Week 2023, hosted by Drug Science and Medcan Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Cannabis Industry Council. This daytime event

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