British hemp and CBD emancipate themselves from the control of the Home Secretary?
In Great Britain, a deeper economic perspective in cannabis is studied...
Under the influence of the Home Office, British hemp is regulated in order to control crime. However, this control does not allow the region to exploit the economic and social impact that the plant could bring.
In this measure, the TIGRR, the Task Force on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform, decided to write a 130-page report to review the British regulatory system, which was considered too restrictive. Indeed, this one generates a very limited research on cannabinoids as well as too many restrictions imposed by the Home Office.
Consequently, the control of the regulation of medical CBD should be transferred to the Ministry of Health through the "Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency". This would therefore "create a regulatory pathway for evaluation and approval based on patient benefit".
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Mike Barnes, head of the Cannabis Industry Council, commented on the professional benefit of this new decision: "It is really important that there is a clear pathway to licensing, both for industrial hemp licenses and for licenses to grow high THC plants. This can only encourage the development of a thriving cannabis industry, resulting in job creation and tax revenue for the government." Furthermore, "Better intergovernmental cooperation is said to be beneficial as long as those involved understand that cannabis is a plant and not a pharmaceutical product.
This would free up minds about the benefits of cannabis to ease restrictions and develop a broad economic aspect that is not present in Britain. Jamie Bartley, a member of the British Cannabis Industry Council, said that "we need to take cannabis out of the Misuse of Drugs Act in its entirety" and that "there is no evidence of harm and its medical benefits are widely demonstrated". Furthermore, "without a streamlined licensing framework, we will not see significant growth in the industry. We need a cannabis department in government that is represented by all relevant departments and engages with the industry. We need a collaborative approach."
Thus, the UK government is demonstrating ambition and vision for evolution, while looking at possible avenues for growth to support the prospect of a new economy.