05 January 1999
First legal cannabis crop harvested

HARVESTING has started of the first cannabis plants grown with UK Government approval, at a secret location in southern England.

The initial crop of 5000 plants was sown in August by GW Pharmaceuticals, under licence from the Home Office.

Trials into the ability of cannabis to help sufferers of multiple sclerosis will begin this spring.

  • Financial Times 05/01/99 page 8 (News Digest)
  • The Guardian 05/01/99 page 10, page 20