Expert to outline medicinal cannabis benefits

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Last week, the States backed Deputy Montfort Tadier’s proposals to allow medical professionals – including GPs – to prescribe cannabis, and Health Minister Richard Renouf has been tasked with bringing formal proposals back to the Assembly before the end of February.

The decision came after a high-profile report – the Barnes report – found evidence to support the effective use of cannabis in treatments for some illnesses.

One of the report’s co-authors, Professor Michael Barnes, is due to deliver a series of talks in the Island on Monday, including a free public talk at the Town Hall between 7 pm and 8.15 pm.

Deputy Tadier said: ‘I think it will provide some of the context to last week’s debate. He is one of the leading experts in this area and having him in Jersey will give the opportunity for him to put the meat on the bones of
how a clinician can see the Jersey situation playing out.

‘He was very supportive of our move to allow general prescription.

‘I understand that there needs to be a body of work and training done within the GP community so they feel able to prescribe in the most effective way.

‘This is going to be an opportunity for GPs, pharmacists and other medical professionals to come and ask their questions.’

As well as the public meeting at the Town Hall, Professor Barnes – a professor of neuroscience at Newcastle University – is also due to meet States Members and medical professionals at separate talks.

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