Sajid Javid Medicinal Cannabis

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin made this Freedom of Information request to Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs,

"Cannabis is listed as a schedule 1 drug in the United Kingdom and is not recognised as having any medicinal benefit"
~ Home Office, 2rd January 2018

“This morning, I’ve used an exceptional power as Home Secretary to urgently issue a licence to allow Billy Caldwell to be treated with cannabis oil. This is a very complex situation, but our immediate priority is making sure Billy receives the most effective treatment possible in a safe way. We’ve been in close contact with Billy’s medical team overnight and my decision is based on the advice of senior clinicians who have made clear this is a medical emergency."
~ Home Secretary, June 16th 2018

There are over a million people in the UK who are forced to obtain medicinal cannabis from drug dealers because the Government (on your advice) won't legalise it for medicinal use.

1: Please provide me with copies of the scientific evidence that you base your opinions on that cannabis does not have any medicinal benefit. Even though the Home Secretary on June 16th 2018 overuled your 'opinions' "on the advice of senior clinicians".

2: Will you now please stop misleading the government and the public and retract your 'opinions' that 'cannabis holds no medicinal values?'

Yours faithfully,

Kenneth Heskin

ACMD, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Dear Mr Heskin,

Thank you for your correspondence requesting evidence held by the ACMD on the subject of medical cannabis. Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Information is held on behalf of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) by the ACMD's secretariat. This response has been prepared after having searched the information currently held by the secretariat.

The ACMD was commissioned on Tuesday 3rd July by the Home Secretary to consider the appropriate scheduling for cannabis-related products. The commission to the ACMD and letter to the chair can be accessed from the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

The ACMD intends to provide short-term advice within three weeks of this commission. This report will be published publicly on the ACMD's website.

If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to [ACMD request email]. If you ask for an internal review, it would be helpful if you could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.

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Yours sincerely,

ACMD Secretariat
Home Office, 4th floor (NE), Peel Building
2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
E-mail: [email address]
"Delivering Independent Science Advice for an Informed Government & Society"

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs's handling of my FOI request 'Sajid Javid Medicinal Cannabis'.

In my original request I asked the following..To which you failed to provide me the evidence I requested...

"There are over a million people in the UK who are forced to obtain medicinal cannabis from drug dealers because the Government (on your advice) won't legalise it for medicinal use.

1: Please provide me with copies of the scientific evidence that you based your opinions on that cannabis does not have any medicinal benefit. Even though the Home Secretary on June 16th 2018 overuled your 'opinions' "on the advice of senior clinicians"

Your advice to the government that cannabis holds no medicinal values has caused untold suffering to thousands of sick people and possibly some deaths.

I ask once again.

1: Please provide me with copies of the scientific evidence that you based your opinions on that cannabis does not have any medicinal benefit, thus causing untold harm to thousands of sick people.

2. Please provide me with information on how you obtained the evidence that cannabis holds no medicinal values.

3. Please provide me with information on from where you obtained the evidence that cannabis holds no medicinal values.

4. If you cannot provide me with evidence in relation to my three requests above. Please advise me as to how and why you mislead the Government on this subject.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Kenneth Heskin

ACMD, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Dear Mr Heskin,

Further to the below response, you may be interested to know that our advice to the Home Office on the scheduling of Cannabis-derived medicinal products has now been published. The letter contains references to the evidence used by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, including the report by the Chief Medical Officer and contemporary scientific literature. Please see the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Best wishes,

ACMD Secretariat
Home Office, 4th floor (NE), Peel Building
2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
E-mail: [email address]
"Delivering Independent Science Advice for an Informed Government & Society"

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear ACMD,

My FOI request was based on the advice that you gave the government 'prior to 2018.'

Your previous advice to the government that cannabis holds no medicinal values has caused untold suffering to thousands of sick people and possibly some deaths.

I ask once again.

1: Please provide me with copies of the scientific evidence that you based your opinions on that cannabis does not have any medicinal benefit, thus causing untold harm to thousands of sick people.

2. Please provide me with information on how you obtained the evidence that cannabis holds no medicinal values.

3. Please provide me with information on from where you obtained the evidence that cannabis holds no medicinal values.

4. If you cannot provide me with evidence in relation to my three requests above. Please advise me as to how and why you mislead the Government on this subject.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Heskin

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

Dear ACMD,
I shall expect a reply within the next four working days.

Yours sincerely,

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Kenneth Heskin

ACMD, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Dear Mr Heskin,

Thank you for your e-mail of 20th July 2018, in which you requested information held by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) relating to advice to the Government on medical benefits of Cannabis prior to 2018. Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The 2018 advice to the Government on the scheduling of Cannabis-derived medicinal products (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...) is the first time the ACMD has considered the evidence base and formulated advice to the Government on Cannabis since its 2008 “Cannabis classification and Public Health" (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...). The ACMD's 2008 report reviewed the classification of Cannabis based on the evidence of harm - it did not evaluate or advise on medicinal value.

We therefore do not hold the information you have requested.

Kind regards,

ACMD Secretariat
Home Office, 4th floor (NE), Peel Building
2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
E-mail: [email address]
"Delivering Independent Science Advice for an Informed Government & Society"

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