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Cannabis company opens in Cumbria

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A cannabis company has opened in Carlisle.

Lakeland CBD sells oil containing the cannabis compound CBD, which is legal. It does not contain banned compounds, like THC, the psychoactive substance that allows recreational users to get 'high'.

Cannabidiol - or CBD oil - is derived from the cannabis plant, and some users say it provides medical benefits for them.

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The UK Government announced it would conduct a review of medical cannabis, earlier this week.

It followed public outcry when a severely epileptic boy was admitted to hospital in a critical condition on Friday when his cannabis oil was confiscated at Heathrow.

Cannabis oil is used by sufferers of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and cancer and is widely credited with various medical benefits.

75%
of Brits think doctors should be able to prescribe medical cannabis, according to a YouGov poll.

Cannabis has been completely illegal in the UK since the introduction of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which classified it as a class B drug. It was brought down to class C in 2004 before returning to class B in 2008.

If you are found in possession of a class B drug you could end up with five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Supplying or producing class B drugs is punishable by to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.