recommended that such products meeting a clear definition of what constitutes a cannabis-derived medicinal product should be placed in Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
The Home Secretary has today appointed new members to the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
The ACMD is an independent body which makes recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs, including classification and scheduling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its regulations.
The ACMD provides the highest quality advice to the government and the addition of new members will further strengthen its expertise.
I am delighted to welcome the new members to the ACMD. They will add to the range and depth of expertise on Council and I very much look forward to working with each of them.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which advises the government on drugs of misuse and their harmful effects, found that maintaining funding of drug treatment services is essential to preventing drug-related death and drug-driven crime in communities.
The ACMD heard evidence of examples of funding reductions in local areas in England, brought about through variations to existing contracts and re-procurement of local services.
The report says the ACMD is concerned that such a loss of funding would result in the dismantling of a drug misuse treatment system that has brought huge improvement to the lives of people with drug and alcohol problems.
The ACMD received evidence that further reductions in resources were likely because of future savings to the overall public health grant, as outlined by Public Health England.
In its advice to the Home Secretary today, the ACMD will also raise concerns that this group is being failed in their recovery from substance misuse, as services are not catering for their additional needs.
The ACMD commissioned the report to investigate the changing age profiles of those seeking treatment for drug use and explain why current services are not meeting their needs.