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US News UK is world's largest producer of legal cannabis

08:36  06 march  2018
08:36  06 march  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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The UK is the world ' s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use, according to a new report from a UN body.

It comes after the UN revealed the UK is the world ’ s largest producer and exporter of medical cannabis . The report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which includes data from governments around the world , shows the UK produced 95 tons of legal cannabis in 2016.

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The UK is the world's largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use, according to a new report from a UN body.

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The hypocritical UK Government still maintains the lie that cannabis has no medical uses while at the same time licensing the world ’ s biggest A new report from a UN body has revealed that the UK is the largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical purposes and scientific research.

Britain is the world ’ s largest producer of legal cannabis , a new report from the United Nations has revealed. The UK is also the largest exporter of the drug, with 2.1 tonnes exported in 2016 – roughly 70 per cent of the world ’ s total, the report stated.

The UK produced 95 tonnes of legal cannabis in 2016, more than double the total of the previous year, reveals the UN's International Narcotics Control Board. This accounted for 44.9% of the world total.

The nearest competitor is Canada, with 80.7 tonnes.

Some 2.1 tonnes was exported from the UK, making it responsible for 67.7% of the world total, followed by the Netherlands (16.4%).

A drug policy reform lobby group has criticised the UK government, saying they have "consistently refused to allow medical cannabis in the UK on the basis that it has 'no therapeutic value'".

Undated family handout photo issued by Maggie Deacon of Alfie Dingley, MPs have called on the Home Secretary to issue a medical cannabis licence to the six-year-old whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug © PA Undated family handout photo issued by Maggie Deacon of Alfie Dingley, MPs have called on the Home Secretary to issue a medical cannabis licence to the six-year-old whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug Steve Rolles, Transform's senior policy analyst said: "It is scandalous and untenable for the UK government to maintain that cannabis has no medical uses, at the same time as licensing the world's biggest government approved medical cannabis production and export market.

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The UK produces and exports more legal cannabis than any other country in the world , a UN report has found. Ninety-five tonnes of legal cannabis was produced in the UK during 2016, accounting for 44.9 per cent of legal production across the globe.

A drug reform group has slammed the government for claiming cannabis has no medical use while allowing its export abroad. It comes after the UN revealed the

"UK patients are either denied access and suffering unnecessarily, or are forced to buy cannabis from the criminal market.

"Countries with proper access to medical cannabis do not have this problem, as standardised cannabis products are in the hands of doctors and pharmacists."

A significant part of the UK's legal cannabis production goes towards a cannabis-based medicine called Sativex, produced by GW Pharmaceuticals.

It is available on prescription for patients such as those suffering the effects of multiple sclerosis, but it is only on the NHS in Wales.

Alfie Dingley, aged six, is a British boy who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, something his parents say can be treated with cannabis oil.

Alfie, from Kenilworth, returned from the Netherlands last month, where he had been receiving this treatment.

His parents want the Government to let him use the medication in the UK but it is banned.

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