Cannabis isn't legal in the UK in any form for any use - medicinal or recreational. But that hasn't stopped Britain from becoming the world's biggest exporter of cannabis-based medication.
In fact, the UK produces more medical marijuana products than any other country—even though cannabis remains illegal for medical use throughout the island nation. There is one caveat though. The majority of the cannabis produced is used for a single drug called Sativex, a medication designed to treat the muscle stiffness and spams that patients with multiple sclerosis often encounter. The other most common product is Epidiolex - a medication that treats seizures.
Sativex is, for whatever reason, not defined as cannabis by the Home Office and is actually available throughout the UK. But, most of the stock is shipped to the US and no raw plant is permitted to leave Britain.
The numerous contradictions in the UK National Health Service's treatment of medical marijuana has not gone unnoticed. In particular the families of 2 young epilepsy suffers have been calling out the blatant hypocrisy of developing marijuana-based seizure medications within UK borders but not allowing citizens access to it.
Meanwhile, the activist group Transform has slammed the British government for denying that cannabis has medical uses while simultaneously overseeing "the world's biggest government-licensed medical cannabis production and export market".
The public outcry could lead to reform down the road, but for the foreseeable future, it looks like cannabis prohibition will remain the law of the land throughout the UK.