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British mother of epileptic boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

British mother of epileptic boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

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"No other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal," Caldwell's mother tells the press. (Image via ITV News screengrab)

British mother of epileptic boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

LONDON — The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the U.K. is calling for an urgent meeting with ministers to discuss liberalizing British policy.

Charlotte Caldwell said Sunday she also wants assurances from the government that her 12-year-old son Billy will be able to keep receiving cannabis oil once a 20-day emergency supply approved by the government runs out.

Caldwell wants to make sure there isn’t “another battle” over the medicine that she believes has warded off potentially life-threatening seizures for her son.

On Saturday, the boy finally got back his cannabis oil, his mother purchased from Canada to treat his seizures.

The British home secretary Sajid Javid said Caldwell had received his cannabis oil back after doctors made it clear that it was a “medical emergency,” BBC reported. 

His mother said they had “achieved the impossible” but called for the oil to be freely available.

Billy began using cannabis oil in 2016 to control his seizures.

Before the good news, the Home Office was accused of being hypocritical for refusing to permit patients to medical marijuana whilst other companies benefit financially.

Cannabis is illegal in the UK under the Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA) established in 1971. Due to this, the Government refuses to see the medical benefits of the drug.

However, GW Pharmaceutical, a British pharmaceutical company, has received permission to mass produce their drug “Sativex” in the country. The drug being produced is rated as a schedule 4 drug even though it is cannabis-based.

It is the first drug of this caliber to be granted permission in any country.

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Dr. John Regan exposed this issue in his April article on unhealthguide.com. He highlighted that GW Pharmaceuticals cannabis supply would have no market competition.

“Readily available for patients and for sale around the world, whilst keeping everyone else’s cannabis strictly controlled.”

The accusation of hypocrisy became more evident when patients are prohibited from using drugs similar to Sativex.

Earlier this month, Caldwell’s cannabis oil was confiscated from his mother at Heathrow Airport.

Member of Parliament Ronnie Cowan posed the question whether the UK is trading health for profit.

“We should be asking: Is the UK government prioritizing the interests of ‘big pharma’ monopoly profits over the health and wellbeing of UK citizens?

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