Billy Caldwell, the UK boy whose medical cannabis was confiscated by officers at Heathrow airport, is now in “life-threatening condition”, according to his family.
The severely epileptic boy is apparently too ill to travel back to Canada for treatment and the “only effective medication is locked in secure storage in the Home Office in London”.
“The situation is now described by doctors in Canada and Northern Ireland familiar with Billy’s case as being life-threatening,” the family said via statement.
His mother, Charlotte Caldwell, attempted to bring the medication from Canada to London on Monday when it was seized. Since the confiscation, Billy experienced his first seizures in 300 days and continually experiences increase in frequency and intensity of seizures.
He is now in St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where doctors are horrified that his medication has been taken away from him.
Billy’s story has been prominent in the news this week, with even British MPs condemning UK laws on cannabis that inhibits the twelve year old from taking his medication.
Crispin Blunt, a former prisons minister and co-chair of the all-parliamentary group on drug policy reform, said, “Billy Caldwell is one child out of many hundreds, as well as many thousands of adults, who would benefit from cannabis derived medicines in the UK.
We already happily accept the medicinal value of other plants such as poppies which can be used to create effective opioid painkillers and morphine as well as heroin. 75% of the British public support medical cannabis and the UK is ironically the world’s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis.”
Billy was given a prescription for cannabis oil from his doctor, the first time the drug had been prescribed by the NHS. However, his doctor was told by Home Office drug enforcement teams to stop prescribing the medication.