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Medicinal Cannabis in Jersey

Legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis

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 2018 Misuse of Drugs (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 7) (Jersey) Order was issued and came into force on the 1st January 2019 enabling the prescription of cannabis-based products for medicinal use.


Prescription of Medicinal Cannabis

As in the UK, the medical profession in Jersey has been reluctant to prescribe cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs):

"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." [1, 2]

Progress on the provision of CBMPs in Jersey appears to have stalled since the last general election in May 2018 and the subsequent changes in policy; the previous administration's position being:

"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." [3]

There are currently no CBMPs 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 phamaceutical products funded by the Island's Health Insurance Fund]." [4, 5]

According to a Freedom of Information request published on the 8th August 2019, while Sativex has been prescribed to patients privately since 2018:

"...there have been no prescriptions written by hospital based prescribers for any of the other cannabis based medicinal products which became legal on 1 January 2019 or for any other cannabis medications either on or off licence or unlicenced." [6]

As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, access to medicinal cannabis has been eased in the UK allowing for the provision of video consultations and postal prescriptions for eligible patients in Jersey from private clinics [7], such as:

The End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey Campaign has 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.

Due to the interest in medicinal cannabis from Island patients, several private clinics have recently opened in Jersey with medication dispensed from local pharmacies:


Medicinal Cannabis Research


Medicinal Cannabis News

  1. 19th March 2014 – Jersey minister starts law review into cannabis licence
  2. 21st March 2014 – Don't decriminalise pot – head of drug service
  3. 9th December 2014 – Medicinal cannabis call rejected by States
  4. 11th December 2014 – JEP readers support legalisation of medicinal cannabis
  5. 6th March 2015 – States ban on medicinal cannabis to be challenged in court?
  6. 2nd September 2015 – Cannabis medical test 'would never be accepted', says Health Minister
  7. 15th May 2017 – Cannabis 'should not be smoked'
  8. 13th July 2017 – Medical cannabis use could be legal in Channel Islands
  9. 26th September 2017 – Plans for medicinal cannabis in Jersey 'by the end of the year'
  10. 12th December 2017 – Delays over provision of medicinal cannabis
  11. 16th January 2018 – Medicinal cannabis: first product approved… and more to come?
  12. 30th July 2018 – Major medicinal cannabis barrier removed
  13. 9th November 2018 – Jersey 'at risk' from legalisation of medicinal cannabis
  14. 12th November 2018 – Expert to outline medicinal cannabis benefits
  15. 19th November 2018 – Pain specialist "duty-bound" to reject medicinal cannabis
  16. 4th December 2018 – Minister defends 'hesitant' doctors over medicinal cannabis prescription
  17. 16th January 2019 – Minister: Doctors shouldn't be hounded over medicinal cannabis refusals
  18. 1st March 2019 – GPs Told Not To Prescribe Cannabis
  19. 18th March 2019 – Let's get moving with cannabis prescription, says St Peter Deputy
  20. 29th April 2019 – Scope for Jersey patients to take part in cannabis trials?
  21. 13th September 2019 – Entrepreneurs plan matchmaking service with "cannabis-friendly" doctors
  22. 22nd May 2020 – No legalisation of cannabis, says minister, despite 2,300 petitioners
  23. 5th August 2020 – Islanders flock to UK for medicinal cannabis
  24. 15th September 2020 – Medicinal cannabis clinic to open in Jersey next month
  25. 22nd October 2020 – New medicinal cannabis clinic opens at Lido Medical Centre
  26. 27th November 2020 – "Incredible response" for cannabis clinic in first month
  27. 22nd April 2021 – Doctor calls for better employer understanding of medicinal cannabis
  28. 3rd June 2021 – Boy who helped change UK cannabis laws to visit Jersey in 1,000 mile campaign
  29. 8th June 2021 – Medicinal cannabis campaigners meet minister during Jersey visit
  30. 23rd June 2021 – RYAH Group Ships Devices for Use in Pilot Program with Medicann in Jersey, Channel Islands
  31. 13th July 2021 – OPINION: Cannabis medicines generate suspicion in doctors – until they see the results for themselves
  32. 7th September 2021 – New Beginnings – by Dr David Bailey
  33. 24th September 2021 – FOCUS: 1,500 receiving medicinal cannabis therapy through Jersey clinic
  34. 14th November 2021 – Channel Islands ‘leading Europe’ on medical cannabis
  35. 6th December 2021 – Licences under consideration for medicinal-cannabis users
  36. 13th December 2021 – ‘Zero tolerance’ warning over medicinal cannabis
  37. 1st February 2022 – Scrutiny calls for action to tackle male violence towards women and misuse of alcohol and drugs
  38. 1st February 2022 – 'Cancard' ID for medicinal cannabis users could help fill legal void

References

  1. [1] "GPs Told Not To Prescribe Cannabis", Channel 103, 02/03/2019.
  2. [2] "Medical Cannabis: a review of some recent news", Tony's Musings, 03/04/2019.
  3. [3] "Written Question to the Minister for Health and Social Services by Deputy M. Tadier of St Brelade", Government of Jersey, 16/01/18.
  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 - November 2019", Government of Jersey, 2019.
  6. [6] "Prescriptions issued for medicinal cannabis (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 08/08/19.
  7. [7] "Coronavirus: Medical cannabis access eased amid lockdown", BBC, 29/04/2020.