UK revealed to be world's biggest producer of medical cannabis

A significant part of the UK's legal cannabis production goes towards a cannabis-based medicine called Sativex
The Herald (UK)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

GW Pharmaceuticals' growing facility. (Image: GW Pharmaceuticals)The UK is the world's largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use, according to a report from the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). The UK produced a 95 tonnes of legal cannabis in 2016 – accounting for 44.9 per cent of the world total – while the government refuses to allow medical cannabis in the UK on the basis that it has "no therapeutic value". Steve Rolles of Transform 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." (See also: UK Drugs Minister opposes cannabis law reform while her husband profits from a license to grow it)