The use of medicinal cannabis is to be reviewed, which could lead to more prescriptions of drugs made from the plant, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
This decision was prompted by recent high-profile cases of children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil to control seizures.
Javid stressed the drug would remain banned for recreational use.
The review would be held in two parts, Mr Javid told MPs. The first will make recommendations on which cannabis-based medicines might offer real medical and therapeutic benefits to patients.
In the second part, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs will consider whether changes should be made to the classification of these products after assessing "the balance of harms and public health needs".
He said: "If the review identifies significant medical benefits, then we do intend to reschedule [change the rules]."
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BBC News. (2018). Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed. [online] Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44536978 [Accessed 21 Jun. 2018].