Health visitors and community nurses are being asked for their views on whether cannabis should be legalised for medical reasons.
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association is canvassing the views of its 18,000 members, following the recent furore over cannabis at the Conservative Party conference.
The CPHVA’s Lead Professional Officer, Obi Amadi said: "At present, the CPHVA has no policy on the possible legalisation of cannabis. However, it looks as if it will become an issue at the forthcoming General Election, so we need to formulate a view."
The CPHVA’s move comes following reports that the class B controlled drug will be made available to the terminally ill. It has been
claimed that cannabis could provide relief for those suffering from multiple sclerosis or cancer.
Ms Amadi called for "a sensible rational discussion over cannabis use for patients with health problems. A common sense solution
needs to be reached and some of the myths need to be dispelled. We are keen to know what our members’ views are."
Future options about the legal status of the drug include: zero tolerance, the status quo, use being restricted to those with medical
conditions, decriminalsiation, and the legislation and state control of cannabis.
CPHVA members can email their views to or write to Ms Amadi at CPHVA, 40 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD.