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Medicinal Cannabis in Jersey

Legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis

In 2017 the Minister for Health and Social Services made a statement in the States Assembly following advice received from Jersey's Misuse of Drugs Advisory Council in relation to the Barnes Report, to introduce changes that would "remove the legal barrier currently preventing the medicinal use of specific cannabis-based products".

Responding to a Written Question in January 2018, the Health Minister stated that:

"Preliminary discussions with two potential suppliers of cannabis-based products produced to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards have recently concluded... Any such supply from the hospital pharmacy against a hospital prescription would be free of charge." [1]

Law Drafting Instructions were subsequently issued but not completed, as a consequence of the change in administration after the general elections in May 2018 and the introduction of the proposition to legalise medicinal cannabis later that year.

Following the successful adoption of P.113/2018 Medicinal Cannabis: right to prescribe by medical professionals by the States Assembly on the 6th November 2018, the Misuse of Drugs (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 7) (Jersey) Order 2018 was issued and came into force on the 1st January 2019 enabling the prescription of cannabis-based products for medicinal use.

Professor Mike Barnes gave a public presentation on medicinal cannabis at the Town Hall shortly after the passing of the legislation, which was streamed live and uploaded to YouTube.

See also: Medicinal Cannabis Policy

Prescription of Medicinal Cannabis

Unlike the UK where only consultants on the General Medical Council's specialist register are permitted to prescribe medicinal cannabis, in Jersey "all medical professionals with the right to prescribe" can prescribe medicinal cannabis.

However, the medical profession in Jersey has been reluctant to prescribe cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs):

"In terms of guidance regarding prescription, at the moment, GPs have been asked not to prescribe the drugs. Our indemnity for the medical profession is set much higher than the UK... actually we would be highly at risk if anything untoward occurred and there was a negligence claim of some sort. There are lots of reasons at the moment why we would not necessarily be able to prescribe cannabis or cannabis-based products." [2, 3]

Although Sativex was made available free of charge from the hospital formulary in January 2018, there are still no unlicensed CBPMs available on free prescription in Jersey, replicating the stance of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE):

"To date, no application has been made for any cannabis-based medicinal product, including Sativex, to be placed on the approved list [of pharmaceutical products funded by the Island's Health Insurance Fund]." [4, 5]

Because they are not included in the Prescribed List, CBPMs are subject to GST.

As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 postal prescriptions were permitted for medicinal cannabis, which allowed eligible patients in Jersey to access private clinics in the UK via telehealth consultations [6].

News of the availability of medicinal cannabis spread quickly on social media in the local cannabis campaign groups and pages, and was highlighted by James Bedding on his Canna Quad YouTube Channel.

End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey subsequently published A guide to accessing Medicinal Cannabis for eligible patients in Jersey in order to explain the process involved with obtaining a prescription from the UK.

Medicinal Cannabis Clinics

Due to the interest in medicinal cannabis from Island patients, several private cannabis clinics have opened in Jersey since October 2020 with medication dispensed from local pharmacies.

Medicinal Cannabis Dispensing Audit

In May 2022, it was reported that there were estimated to be 3,000 medicinal cannabis patients in Jersey.

An audit of CBPM prescribing data was undertaken in late 2023, which examined the monthly returns provided by pharmacists to the Chief Pharmacist in 2022 and the first six months of 2023.

During the first 9 months of 2022, 4,139 unique patients received medicinal cannabis prescriptions, which equates to 4.89% of the adult population of Jersey.

Medicinal Cannabis Prescriptions
202223,6394,361[ 7 ]
2023*16,7142,880[ 7 ]

* Figures for January to June only.

Medicinal Cannabis Imports

Personal Import Licences

Patients utilising medicinal cannabis clinics in the UK require a Controlled Drug Import Licence for every prescription, which since August 2023 costs £25 per licence.

According to figures provided via Freedom of Information requests, the number of monthly personal import licences peaked in October 2020 prior to the opening of local clinics at 176, and have since dwindled to approximately 20 per month in the second half of 2023.

Commercial Import Statistics

Between November 2020 and December 2023, a total of 1,956.125 kg of cannabis flower and 264.505 litres of cannabis oil was imported into the Island for dispensation from local pharmacies.

Cannabis Imported into Jersey in 2020
MonthCannabis Flower (kg)Cannabis Oil (l)Source
November11.288.675[ 8 ]
December18.460[ 8 ]
=29.74 kg8.765 litres

Cannabis Imported into Jersey in 2021
MonthCannabis Flower (kg)Cannabis Oil (l)Source
January15.46518.35[ 8 ]
February320.75[ 8 ]
March90.112.5[ 8 ]
April13.453[ 8 ]
May22.412.45[ 8 ]
June32.5958.3[ 8 ]
July79.58.1[ 8 ]
August39.513.35[ 9 ]
September840[ 9 ]
October42.543.46[ 9 ]
November51.1413.05[ 9 ]
December40.6320.25[ 9 ]
=543.33 kg103.56 litres

Cannabis Imported into Jersey in 2022
MonthCannabis Flower (kg)Cannabis Oil (l)Source
January42.5913.03[ 10 ]
February79.671.86[ 10 ]
March36.993.55[ 10 ]
April67.7759.31[ 10 ]
May41.8852.71[ 10 ]
June58.237.475[ 10 ]
July56.123.5[ 10 ]
August55.446.48[ 11 ]
September44.216.2[ 11 ]
October28.30[ 11 ]
November61.584.395[ 11 ]
December136.26614.76[ 11 ]
=709.056 kg73.27 litres

Cannabis Imported into Jersey in 2023
MonthCannabis Flower (kg)Cannabis Oil (l)Source
January20.2262.686[ 12 ]
February27.2712.126[ 12 ]
March39.5019.706[ 12 ]
April68.0550.556[ 12 ]
May51.1716.975[ 12 ]
June76.1913.196[ 12 ]
July86.2514.325[ 13 ]
August48.453.085[ 13 ]
September63.559.715[ 13 ]
October55.752.7[ 13 ]
November32.9651.13[ 13 ]
December104.6212.8[ 13 ]
=673.999 kg79 litres

Medicinal Cannabis in the Workplace

The prescription of medicinal cannabis in the Island has led to questions arising over its use by employees, as highlighted by WorkHealth Jersey.

To help advise employers in Jersey, the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service published an opinion piece in October 2022 by an English Solicitor on the implications of the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 in relation to prescribed medicinal cannabis:

"There are two competing obligations which employers should consider:

  1. the duty to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate employees with a disability;
  2. taking reasonable precautions to ensure safety of employee and the workplace in line with their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989."

Medicinal Cannabis Research

Medicinal Cannabis News

  1. 2nd February 2007 – Medicinal purposes paywall
  2. 19th March 2014 – Jersey minister starts law review into cannabis licence
  3. 21st March 2014 – Don't decriminalise pot – head of drug service
  4. 3rd April 2014 – Cannabis 'possible in medical cases'
  5. 9th December 2014 – Medicinal cannabis call rejected by States
  6. 11th December 2014 – JEP readers support legalisation of medicinal cannabis
  7. 6th March 2015 – States ban on medicinal cannabis to be challenged in court?
  8. 2nd September 2015 – Cannabis medical test 'would never be accepted', says Health Minister
  9. 9th September 2016 – Should the States prosecute 'medicinal' cannabis users?
  10. 2nd May 2017 – Jersey could legalise cannabis-based medicinal products
  11. 8th May 2017 – Cannabis comments were 'misleading', says politician
  12. 10th May 2017 – POLL: Should cannabis be legalised for medicinal purposes?
  13. 15th May 2017 – Cannabis 'should not be smoked'
  14. 13th July 2017 – Medical cannabis use could be legal in Channel Islands
  15. 26th September 2017 – Plans for medicinal cannabis in Jersey 'by the end of the year'
  16. 16th October 2017 – No plan to change law on growing cannabis
  17. 12th December 2017 – Delays over provision of medicinal cannabis
  18. 13th December 2017 – Medicinal cannabis? We could grow our own, says Deputy
  19. 16th January 2018 – Medicinal cannabis: first product approved… and more to come?
  20. 21st June 2018 – Comment: "Legalising cannabis for medical use is really a no brainer"
  21. 30th July 2018 – Major medicinal cannabis barrier removed
  22. 11th October 2018 – Medicinal cannabis to be available by February?
  23. 7th November 2018 – "Watershed moment" as Jersey GPs allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis
  24. 9th November 2018 – Jersey 'at risk' from legalisation of medicinal cannabis
  25. 12th November 2018 – Expert to outline medicinal cannabis benefits
  26. 19th November 2018 – Pain specialist "duty-bound" to reject medicinal cannabis
  27. 4th December 2018 – Minister defends 'hesitant' doctors over medicinal cannabis prescription
  28. 10th December 2018 – Islanders beg doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis
  29. 16th January 2019 – Minister: Doctors shouldn't be hounded over medicinal cannabis refusals
  30. 1st March 2019 – GPs Told Not To Prescribe Cannabis
  31. 18th March 2019 – Let's get moving with cannabis prescription, says St Peter Deputy
  32. 20th March 2019 – Chief Minister: Medicinal cannabis industry would be a 'huge opportunity' for Jersey
  33. 29th April 2019 – Scope for Jersey patients to take part in cannabis trials?
  34. 13th September 2019 – Entrepreneurs plan matchmaking service with "cannabis-friendly" doctors
  35. 5th August 2020 – Islanders flock to UK for medicinal cannabis
  36. 15th September 2020 – Medicinal cannabis clinic to open in Jersey next month
  37. 22nd October 2020 – New medicinal cannabis clinic opens at Lido Medical Centre
  38. 27th November 2020 – "Incredible response" for cannabis clinic in first month
  39. 22nd April 2021 – Doctor calls for better employer understanding of medicinal cannabis
  40. 22nd April 2021 – EXPLAINED: Why employers need to wrap their heads around medicinal cannabis
  41. 8th June 2021 – Medicinal cannabis campaigners meet minister during Jersey visit
  42. 23rd June 2021 – RYAH Group Ships Devices for Use in Pilot Program with Medicann in Jersey, Channel Islands
  43. 13th July 2021 – OPINION: Cannabis medicines generate suspicion in doctors – until they see the results for themselves
  44. 7th September 2021 – New Beginnings – by Dr David Bailey
  45. 24th September 2021 – FOCUS: 1,500 receiving medicinal cannabis therapy through Jersey clinic
  46. 14th November 2021 – Channel Islands ‘leading Europe’ on medical cannabis
  47. 6th December 2021 – Licences under consideration for medicinal-cannabis users
  48. 13th December 2021 – ‘Zero tolerance’ warning over medicinal cannabis
  49. 1st February 2022 – 'Cancard' ID for medicinal cannabis users could help fill legal void
  50. 26th May 2022 – New grant funds for "life changing" medical cannabis prescriptions in Jersey
  51. 29th May 2022 – Going green, with Medicann
  52. 30th August 2022 – Call for Scrutiny review of use of medicinal cannabis
  53. 18th November 2022 – Medicinal cannabis patient is ejected from venues for vaping
  54. 18th January 2023 – ‘Cannabis should be free as part of health service’
  55. 9th June 2023 – Increasing mental-health concerns for young over cannabis use
  56. 14th June 2023 – Jersey to tackle diversion of medical cannabis with stricter regulations for sector
  57. 28th February 2024 – Warning on use of cannabis to treat mental-health issues
  58. 28th March 2024 – Medicinal cannabis clampdown looms after Jersey audit sparks "significant concern"
  59. 1st April 2024 – Crackdown on Jersey medicinal cannabis
  60. 3rd April 2024 – IN NUMBERS: Jersey's medicinal cannabis usage
  61. 6th April 2024 – 'Entrepreneurial criminals' are exploiting medicinal cannabis, warns police chief
  62. 10th April 2024 – Work underway to develop laws for cannabis clinic regulation
  63. 2nd May 2024 – Mental health service examining "issues" raised by medicinal cannabis patient's suicide


  1. [1] "Written Question to the Minister for Health and Social Services by Deputy M. Tadier of St Brelade", Government of Jersey, 16/01/18.
  2. [2] "GPs Told Not To Prescribe Cannabis", Channel 103, 02/03/2019.
  3. [3] "Medical Cannabis: a review of some recent news", Tony's Musings, 03/04/2019.
  4. [4] "Written Question to the Minister for Health and Social Services by Senator S.C. Ferguson", Government of Jersey, 12/02/19.
  5. [5] "Products available as Pharmaceutical Benefit under the Health Insurance (Jersey) Law 1967 - February 2023", Government of Jersey, 2023.
  6. [6] "Coronavirus: Medical cannabis access eased amid lockdown", BBC, 29/04/2020.
  7. [7] "Cannabis-Based Products for Medicinal Use (CBPMs) Dispensing Audit", Government of Jersey, 2024, p.2.
  8. [8] "Regulations for the licensing, production and export of Medicinal Cannabis in Jersey", Government of Jersey, 2022, p.100.
  9. [9] "Medicinal Cannabis importation statistics (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2022.
  10. [10] "Medicinal Cannabis importation figures (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2023.
  11. [11] "Medicinal Cannabis imports July to December 2022 (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2023.
  12. [12] "Medicinal Cannabis imports January to June 2023 (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2023.
  13. [13] "Imports of medicinal cannabis products July to December 2023 (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2024.