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 cannabis (in base drug form). This is more than triple the 7,762 KG of cannabis that was imported in 2022.
Cannabis Industry Council CEO Mike Morgan-Giles commented:
“While the regulatory and policy environment remains challenging, it is positive to see this notable growth in the amount of imported medical cannabis. This indicates that awareness of cannabis medicines is increasing and prescription patient numbers are rising. We hope this momentum will continue, ideally alongside growth in the UK cannabis market – which will help boost the economy and create jobs.”
The Parliamentary question and response can be viewed in full here – https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2023-09-18/199881