United Kingdom announces review of medicinal cannabis

United Kingdom announces review of medicinal cannabis

There are many more Billys and Alfies in the United Kingdom - and no doubt families of such patients will be watching proceedings closely.

The former Justice Secretary also asked why we should "limit it to medicinal use".

Writing in today's Scotsman, Mr MacAskill welcomed the United Kingdom government's decision to allow medicinal cannabis treatment for Billy Caldwell, an epileptic boy whose supply was recently confiscated at Heathrow Airport but was later returned. After 300 days seizure-free, Billy was soon admitted to hospital as his seizures returned.

"Cases like Billy's. and others like him have shown that we now need to look more closely at the use of cannabis-based medicines in the healthcare sector in the United Kingdom", he said.

On Tuesday, Javid told the House of Commons that it was "time to review the scheduling of cannabis" for medicinal use, in light of cases like that of Billy and 6-year-old Alfie Dingley, who also has severe epilepsy.

It followed the confiscation at Heathrow of the cannabis oil which Ms Caldwell had been attempting to bring into the United Kingdom from Canada.

"We still want to hear the detail from the mouths of the Home Secretary and the Health Secretary", she said.

Speaking to Sky News last weekend, she described her son's case as "a wake-up call for our country" and said she was determined no other child should undergo the same "horrendous experience" that had left her son's mind and body "completely broken" and in a "vulnerable state". While Caldwell said they'd "achieved the impossible" in regards to the medication's return, she emphasized that the fight was far from over.

She added: "At every stage of this campaign we have mentioned making history and we have mentioned it because it is commonsense". "We are on the threshold of the next chapter of the history books".

A post on the Billy's Bud Facebook page in December marked "Attention!" read: "The CBD oil that we carry is 100% legal!"

Canada's parliament has voted to legalise the recreational use of cannabis, at a time when the UK's lawmakers are coming under increasing pressure to review the law.

Mr Javid told MPs he had the "utmost sympathy" for the families of children like Billy and Alfie, who have travelled overseas to obtain cannabis-based treatments banned in the UK.

Cannabis is now listed under Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, meaning that it is considered to have no known medicinal value and can not, legally, be prescribed or otherwise procured for personal, including medicinal, use.

"No parent can stand by and watch their children suffer. So there are just so many people who must be celebrating today and I'm celebrating with them".

"I will do everything in my power to make sure that we have a system that works, so that these children and these parents can get access to the best possible medical treatment".



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