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Colin Davies - Acquitted
director of the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU
Ltd), gave expert evidence, concerning the therapeutic
use of cannabis or cannabinoids for treatment of severe
pain and multiple sclerosis, to the jury in the trial
of Colin Davies at Manchester Crown Court.
the unanimous verdict acquitting Davies, founder of
the Medicinal Marijuana Cooperative on all counts, including
cultivation, supply, possession and possession with
intent, Mr Atha said:
is now on the Home Office, Police, Crown Prosecution
Service, Department of Health and other interested parties
to develop formal guidelines as to the circumstances
in which persons such as Colin Davies, requiring cannabis
to cope with the effect of severe spinal pain, should
or should not face criminal prosecution.
against abuse, persons seeking exemption should require
the written endorsement of a registered medical practitioner
confirming diagnosis of a relevant medical condition,
and the nature and effect of previous medication or
other treatment for such conditions. Such exemption
could take the legal form of an individual licence to
possess and use cannabis.
licence approval from the Medicines Control Agency,
for rapid-onset pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoid preparations,
thereby avoiding the need for the smoking of cannabis,
responsible organisations such as Colin Davies and the
Medical Marijuana Cooperative should be considered for
award of Home Office licences to produce and distribute
cannabis for medical or research purposes."
could be implemented within existing UK law and international