The UK this week acknowledged CBD’s use as a medicine, but the government is requiring people who sell extracts of cannabis containing CBD to stop – because now they must go through regulations placed by government to market and sell the CBD – which can cost millions of dollars in licensing and years of waiting for “clinical data”. This will leave hundreds of thousands of people and patients without access to CBD for an unknown period of time.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency (MHRA) is the government arm behind the decision, which is likely financially motivated. By requiring government intervention and licensing in the sale of CBD products, only large and ‘established’ pharmaceutical companies are able to comply – monopolizing the marketplace and forcing consumers to choose “big pharma” for their medicines.
“The fact of the matter is CBD is a medicine and the MHRA is absolutely correct about that. The other thing that you need to understand is that most CBD products do not just contain CBD; they are in fact whole plant extracts from low THC cannabis. The government says that there’s no medicinal value in cannabis [in the The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001], but now we have another branch of the government saying it’s a medicine.”
This hypocrisy is nothing new. Governments largely want to take away individuals’ right to grow and consume whole-plant products that can have promising life-saving effects. The “sick-care system” that feeds off of peoples’ disease suffers when consumers become healthy. When consumers can choose inexpensive, easily-accessible medicines from whole-plants like cannabis – this represents a big problem for big government and big pharma.
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