The UK government has no intention of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, but it is now possible to obtain a private prescription for medical cannabis. To do so, the patient must demonstrate through their medical history that they have a qualifying condition. As the vaporization option becomes increasingly available, and as the hashish market is replaced by herbal marijuana grown in the UK, the association between cannabis and tobacco weakens. In this case, it was the company Rokshaw Ltd, based in Sunderland, that supplies Curaleaf medical cannabis to the UK.
Although cannabis is still illegal in the UK, with limited availability for medical use, it is the world's largest exporter of legal cannabis. The higher relative price of cannabis compared to the rest of the world remains the most likely explanation for mixing cannabis with tobacco (although many consumers do so only to ensure that the joint smokes properly and to prevent it from spreading). The prohibition of cannabis began earlier in British colonies than in Great Britain itself; attempts were made to criminalize cannabis in British India in 1838, 1871 and 1877.
Medical cannabiswas only prescribed when it was deemed best for the patient and when other treatments hadn't worked or weren't appropriate. The UK government is now offering free business advice and support services to cannabis producers and processors for fiber production.
Cannabis is sometimes linked to young people starting to smoke tobacco, since cannabis is often smoked with tobacco in the UK, unlike many other parts of the world. It is also recommended that domestic cannabis cultivation be legal for personal use and that it be legally allowed to establish licensed cannabis social clubs on a small scale. Curaleaf is an American company that organizes the production of cannabis products for medical use. In fact, they cultivate the raw materials for shipment to the UK in Portugal, where all drugs are decriminalized. In Great Britain itself, in 1928, in accordance with the 1925 International Opium Convention, the UK banned cannabis as a drug for the first time, adding cannabis as an annex to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1920.
There is some evidence that medical cannabis can relieve certain types of pain, although these tests are not yet strong enough to recommend it for pain relief.