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The UK Considers Giving an Epileptic Boy a License to Take Medical Marijuana

The UK Considers Giving an Epileptic Boy a License to Take Medical Marijuana

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Alfie has a rare form of epilepsy which can cause him to have up to 30 seizures a day (Image via PA)

In a whole new case in the UK, the British government is considering to give Alfie Dingley, 6, a license to take medical marijuana to treat his epilepsy.

Alfie, who suffers up to 30 violent epileptic seizures a day, was denied a license by the Home Office as marijuana is illegal in the UK, British media reported on Thursday.

His mother Hannah Deacon said that her son’s condition is very rare, and only nine boys in the world suffer a similar predicament. 

However, Health minister Baroness Williams said “every option is being considered” by ministers, BBC reported.

Williams expressed her “huge amount of sympathy” for Alfie and his family and that the policing minister and the home secretary “want to explore every option within the current regulatory framework including issuing a license” under section 30 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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Alfie with his mother. (Image via PA)

Marijuana Worked its Magic on Alfie

Deacon saw the impact of medical marijuana on her son’s well being.

After taking him to the Netherlands to take cannabis-based medication in September, Alfie saw his seizures reduce in number, duration, and severity. Most importantly, he went 24 days without an attack.

Alfie took a prescribed cannabis-based medication by a pediatric neurologist.

Meanwhile, UK lawmakers are scheduled to debate a medical marijuana bill on Friday.

MP Urged to Break Law

Meanwhile, Labour MP Paul Flynn told MPs: “It’s not just one case.

“There are thousands of people who have the choice of suffering terrible pain and seizures every day or criminalize themselves by breaking the law.

“I would urge them to break the law because the law, in this case, is an ass and it’s cruel and lacks compassion.”

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