UK doctors campaign to have laws on medical marijuana changed

A nonpartisan group in the UK has emerged as a lobbyist to change the law banning the medicinal use of marijuana in the country, the Guardian reported last week.

The new all-party parliamentary group (APG), formed by doctors in the House of Commons, is leading the campaign.

Dan Poulter, a former health minister who still works part-time as a GP, invited his colleagues to join APG Thursday morning.

Poulter had already signed up fellow Conservative Andrew Murrison, Labour’s Paul Williams, and Philippa Whitford of the Scottish National party – four of the Commons’ nine medical doctors.

Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old boy, suffering from epilepsy (Image via Belfast Live)

Epileptic boys

The drive comes after Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old boy, suffering from epilepsy had his doctor reprimanded after prescribing him cannabis oil.

Before Caldwell’s case, Alfie Dingley, 6, had his parents fight for his right to be treated using cannabis oil for his rare form of epilepsy when they garnered 300,000 names in a petition drive.

So far, the group is gaining some steam.

Mike Penning, a former Tory Justice Minister, is expecting that they will have the support of at least 80 politicians.

“What these cases help to do bring into focus some of the absurdities about the law at the moment.”

Skeptics view the legalization of medical marijuana as a stepping stone to full marijuana legalization in the UK.