ECH Plans First UK-Wide Network of Specialist Medical Cannabis Clinics
TORONTO, March 4, 2019 /CNW/ - SOL Global Investments Corp. ("SOL Global" or the "Company") (CSE: SOL) (OTCQB: SOLCF) (Frankfurt: 9SB) is pleased to provide an update on the operations of one of its significant international investments, European Cannabis Holdings ("ECH"). In February 2019, ECH celebrated a historic milestone by becoming the first company in the United Kingdom to facilitate the importation of a bulk shipment of medical cannabis.
In another groundbreaking move, ECH last week announced plans to open "The Medical Cannabis Clinics," a network of specialist clinics around the UK, a significant step forward for patients living with a range of chronic and debilitating conditions.
The clinics, which intend to open their doors in major cities in the UK this spring, will become the first in the UK to offer cannabis-based therapy and prescription cannabinoids, and will focus on treating patients with serious conditions including chronic pain, neurological and psychiatric problems who have exhausted all existing treatment options, and where medical cannabis has been proven to deliver significant therapeutic benefit.
SOL Global last week announced the closing of its latest investment in ECH. The latest investment brought SOL Global's total position in ECH to approximately 19.4% of the total issued and outstanding ordinary shares of ECH.
The opening of the chain of private clinics follows the UK Home Office's decision to reschedule medical cannabis in November. Despite the change in the law, only four patients have successfully accessed this treatment via the NHS, meaning the clinics will act as a lifeline to those who have thus far struggled to access this treatment. The barriers to access, which include establishing exceptional clinical circumstances, exhausting all lawful alternatives, gaining agreement from an NHS Trust Medical Director, and engaging a specialist doctor to accept liability, mean that patients are generally unable to secure this treatment via the NHS. These clinics will offer a framework under which patients can access the medication they need and alleviate avoidable suffering.
The clinics will specialize in innovative cannabis-based therapy and prescription cannabinoids and be open to patients following specialist referral. This includes potential relief from chronic pain conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve conditions, muscle cramps (spasticity); treating neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease; and addressing psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Professor Mike Barnes, a consultant neurologist and SOL's chief medical officer, will serve as the Clinical Director of the Clinics. Dr. Barnes was responsible for obtaining the first medicinal cannabis license for Alfie Dingley. He is also one of the world's foremost experts in medical cannabis, whose 2016 report 'Cannabis: The Evidence for Medical Use' helped pave the way for legalization of medical cannabis.
"ECH has proven time and again to be a leader in the European cannabis market. As the UK medical cannabis market continues to open up, ECH's cohesive network of companies will be instrumental in providing patients with much needed access to the potential therapeutic treatments offered by CBD and cannabis. We're confident that ECH offers our Shareholders the best opportunity available to access the growth of the European market through investment," said Brady Cobb, Chief Executive Officer of SOL Global. "ECH management, led by Rob Reid, is one of the most forward-thinking teams I've seen, equipped with the expertise needed to become a market leader. SOL Global fully stands behind ECH's vision to opening up market access to medical cannabis in the UK."
"These clinics represent a much-needed framework to enable access to treatments for a range of serious illnesses and brings the UK into line with other countries when it comes to pain management," said Dr. Barnes, Clinical Director of The Medical Cannabis Clinics. "The hope is that over time, patients all around the UK will have access to the relief that they are looking for."
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