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British Medicinal Cannabis Register

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In California there are more than 500,000 medical marijuana card holders.  How many people use cannabis as medicine in Britain?

The British Medicinal Cannabis Register aims to find out and provide a database of facts and evidence for doctors, scientists, researchers, campaigners, government and anyone with a bona fide interest.   Users register via the BMCR website, providing details of their method of use and the conditions treated.  While patient confidentiality is guaranteed and records held on the database will have the same legal status as any other medical record, users do not have to provide their full address.   They can register with the first part of their postcode and a verifiable email address.

Of course, according to the British government, “cannabis is dangerous and has no medicinal benefits”.  However, Sativex, a cannabis tincture, has been approved by the MHRA as a treatment for MS spasticity.  Sativex is pharmacologically identical to cannabis.  It is cannabis – with the addition of ethanol and a little peppermint oil. (A tincture is an alcoholic extract.)

There is no more common sense in US federal law where cannabis is a schedule 1 drug with “no medicinal uses”, yet the US government has held a patent  (no. 6630507) since 2003 for “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants, for example, in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

If you can make any sense of either the British or US governments’ position then please educate me?   I think they are irrational and cruel.  They actively deny people in pain and suffering the relief they need which is comprehensively proven both by science and experience.  On both sides of the Atlantic this amounts to nothing less than an evil injustice and oppression of vulnerable people.

Thank God and the US constitution that in America 14 states have introduced a regulated system of medical marijuana.  Two-thirds of Europe permits medicinal cannabis and Israel has just introduced a major programme including new growing facilities and dispensaries.  In Britain there is no such compassion and the Home Office ducks and dives and manipulates and dissembles to evade EU law that would permit cannabis as medicine.  In the UK there is appalling wickedness and cruelty perpetrated on the back of political cowardice.

Baroness Meacher

The BMCR was launched this week and received an immediate boost with the announcement of Baroness Molly Meacher, Paul Flynn MP,  Matthew Atha and Dr Michael Vandenburg as members of its governing council.  Baroness Meacher has a distinguished career in health and social care.  Paul Flynn has long campaigned for drug law reform.  Matthew Atha is the director of the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit and Dr Michael Vandenburg is the pre-eminent expert witness in the courts on pharmaceuticals and drugs.

Whether the BMCR succeeds in its aims depends entirely on whether those who use cannabis as medicine have the courage to register.  Only then will sufficent evidence be available to embarrass the government into essential and overdue reform.  The danger is that those who find relief  will prefer to keep quiet and say nothing.  No one could blame them if they do.

It is time for all those concerned to grasp this nettle and make a stand. Are we seriously going to continue to imprison sick and disabled people for using a medicine that is proven to be effective and far less costly, dangerous and harmful than pharmaceutical alternatives?

I urge all those concerned to register at the BMCR website:

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  1. Hi Peter,

    This is a good idea and I’ll be pleased to register online come Dec 1st.

    I use cannabis mainly for recreation yet there is also an underlying medical condition that it helps more than anybody could have guessed was possible.

    At age 11 I had a terrible accident where a chair leg was thrown in the classroom and I “caught” it with my right eyeball! As a result I was blinded in my right eye through retinal scaring. I was under the care of the then worlds best ophthalmologist who stated very clearly and several times that I would never see out of my right eye again. I also suffer Glaucoma through my right eye with painful and dangerous increase of eye pressure.

    Long story short, several years later and after having taken up using cannabis, not only has the pressure in my right eye stabilised but I can now see through it as well. Granted, it is not 20/20 vision but it’s certainly clear enough to make out detail, colour and shapes. I guess it is like being very short sighted in my right eye.

    The doctor said it was impossible for the retina to heal yet when I was around 21 and after having used cannabis for around 5 years, I felt the scar tissue slip away from my retina. Sounds crazy but it’s true I promise you! I literally felt the scar slip away! I closed my left eye and voila! I could see!

    Nobody has ever been able to give me a medical explanation for how my retina healed itself and despite offering to be tested regarding the possibility that it was cannabis that healed me, the Royal Institute of Ophthalmology has declined to contact me further.

    There is no doubt in my mind regarding what cured my eye sight. The top doctor in the world told me I would never see again yet he obviously didn’t know about the miracle of cannabis!

    Leander Clifton

    November 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  2. Cant help thinking the site needs more information on its direction and official stance, not to mention privacy et al.


    November 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    • The BMCR has one direction only: to build a database of factual information on the use of cannabis as medicine.

      It does not have a stance or a point of view.

      As far as privacy is concerned the database is governed by the Data Protection Act and consists of confidential medical records. The standards are clear.

      Peter Reynolds

      November 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

  3. Would love access to the register for my Meido Legl work,
    is tht possible?

    Malcolm VandenBurg

    November 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    • Direct reply by email

      Peter Reynolds

      November 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm

  4. I am a 48 year old male British citizen, with no criminal record, UNTIL NOW. About 10 years ago I had an accident at work, resulting in a broken knee, two days later I was admitted to hospital with a DVT in my leg I spent the next six months on waferin to thin my blood after this I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes , I became severely depressed and was on a cocktail of drugs and insulin injections, I found it hard to control my diabetes and was on high doses of insulin each day and was told I would always have to take this as my pancreas could not repair itself. I became imputent and had no sex life with my wife I was prescribed Viagra and none of this had any affect. I suffered severe panic attacks and could not leave my house without my wife with me. I was admitted to hospital several times with a suspected heart attack, and on the last occasion was told I did have a slight detereation it the veins to my heart.
    As my life went downhill, I lost my daughter, at that point I wanted to die. along with other personal problems I had, I tried to take my life twice. I have been on Saroxat and taken off due to links to suicide, and also Avandia that is linked to heart problems.
    I started using cannabis which I found when taken I had not got to inject as much insulin after a while I stopped all my medication and even insulin, and for the last three years at least have used this plant for my medication. And felt very well all my diabetic checks are always good and told I am doing something right. As I can now function properly and even have a part time job.
    So health sorted, life getting back on track, have two grandchildren and starting to enjoy life even got my sex life back. But now I am a criminal, and I have to mix with real criminals to get cannabis. You always get ripped off and never no what you are buying, the street gangs fund there guns and hard drugs from us medical users who are forced to use there service. So after a lot of research into straines of cannabis seeds, and expense I made myself a little room in my house bought all the equipment and paid VAT on it, I even paid VAT on the seeds. And sat in my own home and cared for these plants. But now I am a master criminal the police came and took it all away, although I will say the police could not have been nicer, they treat us very well. The day after my arrest I had to see my doctor and had to go back on a cocktail of drugs again most with bad side affects and the panic attacks are back. My blood sugars went through the roof again, and was told I had to have a full diabetic revue again which would mean insulin again.
    I am very sorry if I am forced to brake the law, but I am sure I have the right as a human to medicate myself if I know and my family know the affect cannabis has on me and support me.
    After a week of hell tablets and illness, and a few dodgy meetings I managed to get some cannabis and would you believe within one day my blood sugars had dropped from 15.7 back to its usual range of 6.5 to 7.5 whilst using cannabis.
    I have found evidence that shows everybody already knows the benefits of cannabis use for diabetes and a lot worse conditions than mine, and how can it be just for the government to allow a company, that has already sold us drugs that have caused more problems than good. The right to use cannabis as there next wonder drug. And make me a criminal because I wanted a life now.


    November 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  5. Thats because David cameron is the biggest drug dealer of them all and the home office is just another gang of organised criminals. Keep cannabis illegal so we can make shitloads selling coke and other crap to the british public. The whole UK government is a joke.

    At least in the southern hemisphere they know hoz to roll. The first place in the world to legalise cannabis so why can we not do the same. Cameron must be servicing Obamas member on his hands and knees taking it up the rectum.


    November 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    • Fewer explicit modern metaphors and more classically proportioned phrases please!

      Peter Reynolds

      November 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm

  6. Thanks for that Peter, I’ll be registering on Dec 1st.

    Frankly the current situation is a joke, the Government ‘warns’ against cannabis by referring to funding terrorists and criminals, yet ensures that we cannot grow our own to cut out that link.

    I truly believe that I would not be here today if I had not started smoking Cannabis. Only in hindsight can I see just how dangerously low my mood had become, and I’m forever grateful to those friends and family who helped me get through it.

    I received a letter from my GP today, they’ve referred me to a consultant who is going to help me explore the options to obtain cannabis legally. Being a schedule 1 they can’t prescribe it, but are going to help me find out how to obtain a valid prescription in the EU. If I find anything interesting out, I’ll be sharing!!

    Keep up the good work.


    November 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

  7. 15 States now, according to those MPP folk 🙂


    November 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    • You’re right. They ‘az it in Arizona.

      I’m a big fan of MPP. Smart boys, smart suits, short hair. Could be Mormons or IBM salesmen and that’s cool. They do the job professionally. See Aaron whatishisname in the feature documentary “In Pot WeTrust”

      Peter Reynolds

      November 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

  8. Peter,

    my apologies. I will keep my comments within a good and sound framework.

    My emotions for the current situation got the better of me.


    November 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

  9. I have just been reading GW pharmacy web pages, does anyone think that, this database could be for there research only, and we will still be classed as criminals for growing and researching for them.
    I am no Politian but if they were interested in our health then surely the best idea would be to bring the genuine medical growers in this country together, and form a database from them give them a five plant licence to grow medicine, this could be easily inspected and controlled, and use all the evidence gathered to do good for the people of the country.
    But no I think that all the governments of this country are more interested in the profit they can make if the can say they have discovered it and made it in to a safe medicine.

    Is it not illegal for a Politian to knowingly lie to people saying cannabis has no medical value when they know it has and there company GW pharmaceuticals based at Porton Down the United Kingdoms government and military science park, grows cannabis and calls it a breakthrough.


    November 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  10. I will be registering on the 1st December, have only been growing me own medicine for a year now, and I cant stand being in the shadows, we are doing nothing wrong, if anything I have saved the NHS a good few bob by not needing the medicines that have horrible side effects.

    For me it symbolises light at the end of the tunnel, am sick of hiding, sick of the deceit with my neighbours and friends, sick of the persecution we read day in and day out of MMJ users.

    Well done on this one, gives me and my wife hope.

    L Catt

    November 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

  11. i have skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma),,i have previously had 2 operations/skin grafts to my face leaving me with some hefty scars,each time i have a lesion all the nhs can offer me is to remove the tissue surgically leaving me with more scars,i do not want to go down this route anymore and i am being refused the right to self medicate with cannabis can the government force innocent people into being criminals for seeking good health? the only dangerous thing about this wonderful plant is the jail sentences recieved by innocent victims.LEGALISE MEDICAL CANNABIS NOW…

    mick elson

    February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  12. i have used cannabis for 15 years since having my arm ripped off by a train !!!! the carbamazipiune 100mg tablets i had to take 4 times a day for the phanton limb pain where i constatntly have aching arm and hand that is not there………… i only smoke it pure no tabacco and is the only way i can function in life !!! they need to legalise it for pain asap!!! send me details of where i can get some on prescription in the uk !!! am constantly being ripped off by street dealers so little for so much!!


    June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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