United Kingdom Finally Allows Cannabis-Based Medicines

After months of debate and outrage over a policy that denies people with epilepsy access to life-saving medical treatment, the United Kingdom has decided to legalize some cannabis-based medicines.

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the government would relax rules surrounding cannabis-based medications. Javid didn't specifically say what kind of medications would be allowed, and he said the government will begin working on a definition of what treatments would become legal. 

Javid reiterated that the government was not considering legalizing the drug for recreational use.

The United Kingdom became embroiled in a debate over cannabis medications after several stories came out revolving around children with epilepsy and other serious conditions who were unable to use these treatments to possibly save their lives. Public outcry eventually pushed the UK government into making this decision.

The question is whether this will be a one-time action where the UK only allows cannabis oils and medicines that do not contain THC. Or if this will blossom into a bigger movement calling for medical marijuana and, eventually, recreational cannabis.

(h/t ABC News)

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