Date lodged: 11 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether medical cannabis will be made available for people with arthritis.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 January 2019
The law does not restrict the type of condition for which cannabis based products for medicinal use can be prescribed. However, the expectation is that they should only be prescribed for indications where there is clear published evidence of benefit or UK guidelines and in patients where there is a clinical need which cannot be met by a licensed medicine and where established treatment options have been exhausted.
The Scottish Government considers it is critical that the decision to prescribe remains with clinicians: they are the ones with the expertise and they bear the responsibility for prescribing.