Medicinal cannabis available on NHS prescriptions

Medicinal cannabis available on NHS prescriptions

October 30, 2018

Changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 will reclassify cannabis-based medicines from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs as of 1st November 2018.

The Home Office has announced that specialist doctors (not GPs) will have the authority to prescribe medicinal cannabis as appropriate and community pharmacy teams should be aware that NHS prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines may be presented at community pharmacies.

The new law will not limit the types of conditions that can be considered for treatment, but pharmacy teams should note that the Home Secretary has said that the penalties for unauthorised supply and possession remain unchanged.


NHS England has provided guidance to clinicians which outlines what this regulatory change will mean in practice.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued specific guidance on the supply of cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans.

Please visit the Controlled Drugs section of our website for more information on requirements for the dispensing of Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs.

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