Scotland’s first medical cannabis clinic, which was initially slated for Aberdeen, has welcomed more than 500 patients in its first week.

The Sapphire Medical facility in Stirling has been carrying out virtual consultations following approval from Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

It first announced plans for the clinic in February 2020, with an eye on the north-east, but switched to a location closer to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

At the time, NHS Grampian chiefs raised concerns the medical cannabis clinic would lead to GPs’ time being used to funnel patients into private healthcare.

But bosses said the new clinic will allow people “legal, safe and medically-sound” access to items they may otherwise have been buying illegally.

Medical cannabis was made legal across the UK in November 2018, but only when used to…

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