CBD a medicine, which means to advertise and sell it in the UK you require a marketing authorisation license, which potentially costs millions in research and years in clinical data. We’ve been given 28 days to cease trading, which is disgusting.”
This will leave many who are using the oil for medicinal purposes without a supply and this could leave a lengthy wait (possibly years) while medical trials take place, which will no doubt create a black market and push the prices through the roof.
Tony Calamita, director of CBD Oils UK has said “The MHRA have sent letters out to the leading suppliers of CBD products,” he continued “The letter basically says they now consider CBD a medicine, which means to advertise and sell it in the UK you require a marketing authorisation license, which potentially costs millions in research and years in clinical data. We’ve been given 28 days to cease trading, which is disgusting.”
Calamita added “CBD is considered very safe, even in very high doses – they’re supposed to act in the public’s interest, but they’re acting in the interest of the pharmaceutical companies. Incredibly conveniently, GW Pharmaceuticals got their successful third phase trials of Epidiolex, which is a CBD-based treatment for epilepsy, and then four days later these letters go out. Not to mention that the MHRA are funded by the pharmaceutical industry. It’s financially driven.”
What is truly disgusting about this is the fact that many of the people who have brought forward the research of this plant are now being pushed out by the very people who have been lobbying for decades to suppress its use. In the UK it is not a legal requirement to disclose how much money has been spent on lobbying. However last year (in the US) the pharmaceutical industry spent $236 million on lobbying. With nearly $18 million spent lobbying against cannabis in 2013.
So now those who fought hard to get CBD/THC and other cannabis related medicines recognised will be sidelined by big pharma. We cannot afford for the profit based pharmaceutical companies to monopolise and place restrictions upon something that is safe for consumption and healing many people. Please sign this petition to stop this going through!
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