Cannabis 'to be legal as painkiller in two years'
By Jenny Booth and David Bamber
Cannabis will be legalised for medical use within two years because clinical trials of the drug show it has few side effects, the chief scientist of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) believes.
According to research obtained by The Telegraph, the first trial in Britain, on six healthy people, concluded that "there were no safety concerns" about the drug's use.
Last night Professor Tony Moffat said: "I have read sufficient in the literature about the small trials that people have already done showing that these are very potent compounds for relaxing muscles, and the anecdotal evidence from MS sufferers who smoke it saying it is absolutely wonderful. All the evidence points that way." Once accepted as a medicine, cannabis would almost certainly become a social drug too, he added.
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