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Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Question for Home Office

UIN 3551, tabled on 17 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many medical cannabis licences have been granted to pharmacies in (a) Birmingham, Ladywood constituency, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last 12 months.

Answered on

25 May 2022

The Home Office Drugs and Firearms Licensing Unit (DFLU) issue controlled drug licences to possess, produce or supply drugs; they are company, site and activity specific. Separate licences may be issued to import or export controlled drugs. Pharmacies would ordinarily obtain their supplies of controlled drugs from licensed pharmaceutical wholesalers and, generally speaking would not require licensing by the DFLU.

This means that the data provided in response to this question will not give an insight into UK-based medicinal cannabis patients nor the pharmacies via which they receive their prescriptions. Instead, UK pharmacies would generally only require a DFLU licence where they are involved in exporting medicinal cannabis overseas, primarily to the Channel Islands and other Crown Dependencies with whom we have established licensing processes enabling the supply of controlled drugs.

Individual consignment export licences have been issued by DFLU to companies who supply Cannabis-Based Products for Medicinal use in Humans (CBPMs) to patients resident in Crown Dependencies. Some of those applications will have been made by General Pharmaceutical Council- registered ‘pharmacies’.

The number of applications for CBPM licences made by pharmacies in each the last 12 months in England are as follows:

May-21

95

Jun-21

136

Jul-21

124

Aug-21

95

Sep-21

99

Oct-21

99

Nov-21

59

Dec-21

34

Jan-22

34

Feb-22

40

Mar-22

29

Apr-22

10

May-22 (to 17 May)

18

No licences were issued over this period to companies based in the West Midlands, inclusive of Birmingham Ladywood.

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