Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Feature Investigation

Big cannabis in the UK: is industry support for wider patient access motivated by promises of recreational market worth billions?

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1002 (Published 18 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1002

Linked Feature

Tobacco cash behind cannabis research in Oxford

Linked Feature

Industry’s plan to accelerate prescribing of medical cannabis

Rapid Response:

Re: Big cannabis in the UK: is industry support for wider patient access motivated by promises of recreational market worth billions?

Dear Editor

The wording here assumes that the market doesn't already exist.

Also, pardon my language but, no shit it's recreational cannabis users who are the biggest advocates of medicinal usage.

Medicinal users are generally in a vulnerable position which does not let them speak out, in case they lose access to their supplies. Not to mention that they may be themselves mentally vulnerable and unable to cope with the stress of doing so.

It is, and always will be, the jobs of ordinary people to push the boundaries in order to help the vulnerable.

When it comes to knowledge and experience of cannabis use and abuse, recreational cannabis users are the most likely demographic, among ordinary people, to have accurate information.

To expect people with no connection to cannabis in their personal lives to have any knowledge of or involvement with campaigns for medicinal legalization of cannabis is pretty ridiculous in itself.

One could very well say that it is traditionalist refusal to support medicinal cannabis legislation being motivated by a belief that all cannabis use is recreational...

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 March 2020
Sean E J Gill
Student
Devonport