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08:36  06 march  2018
08:36  06 march  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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The UK is the world ' s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use, according to a new report from a UN body.

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The UK is the world's largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use, according to a new report from a UN body.

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Although the debate over whether cannabis should be legal has gone on for decades, the intensity has increased in recent years. Common nicknames for cannabis include grass, pot, hash, weed, and ganja. The world ' s largest producer of marijuana is thought to be Paraguay.

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The UK produced 95 tonnes of legal cannabis in 2016, more than double the total of the previous year, reveals the UN's International Narcotics Control Board. This accounted for 44.9% of the world total.

The nearest competitor is Canada, with 80.7 tonnes.

Some 2.1 tonnes was exported from the UK, making it responsible for 67.7% of the world total, followed by the Netherlands (16.4%).

A drug policy reform lobby group has criticised the UK government, saying they have "consistently refused to allow medical cannabis in the UK on the basis that it has 'no therapeutic value'".

Undated family handout photo issued by Maggie Deacon of Alfie Dingley, MPs have called on the Home Secretary to issue a medical cannabis licence to the six-year-old whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug © PA Undated family handout photo issued by Maggie Deacon of Alfie Dingley, MPs have called on the Home Secretary to issue a medical cannabis licence to the six-year-old whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug Steve Rolles, Transform's senior policy analyst said: "It is scandalous and untenable for the UK government to maintain that cannabis has no medical uses, at the same time as licensing the world's biggest government approved medical cannabis production and export market.

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Cannabis in Paraguay is illegal as of July 2015, but the nation is one of the world ' s largest producers of cannabis ; possession of 10 grams or less was decriminalized in 1988. It is the second- largest cannabis producer in Latin America, following Mexico.

To date, they have produced over 150,000+ pounds of legal cannabis in the United States. MJardin takes a scientific and large -scale agricultural approach to cannabis cultivation management.

"UK patients are either denied access and suffering unnecessarily, or are forced to buy cannabis from the criminal market.

"Countries with proper access to medical cannabis do not have this problem, as standardised cannabis products are in the hands of doctors and pharmacists."

A significant part of the UK's legal cannabis production goes towards a cannabis-based medicine called Sativex, produced by GW Pharmaceuticals.

It is available on prescription for patients such as those suffering the effects of multiple sclerosis, but it is only on the NHS in Wales.

Alfie Dingley, aged six, is a British boy who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, something his parents say can be treated with cannabis oil.

Alfie, from Kenilworth, returned from the Netherlands last month, where he had been receiving this treatment.

His parents want the Government to let him use the medication in the UK but it is banned.

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