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Mother of epileptic boy: UK PM’s husband is big investor in pharma-cannabis company

Mother of epileptic boy: UK PM’s husband is big investor in pharma-cannabis company

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Charlotte Caldwell is the sole director of Billy Bud Limited, a cannabis oil distributor company (Image via The Week UK)

Charlotte Caldwell, the British mother who made headlines following government’s confiscation of her son’s cannabis oil at the airport, is breaking news.

Caldwell expressed her furor over Tory links to British firms that supply marijuana abroad, probably explaining why the UK was the top exporter of so-called legal cannabis worldwide.

She spoke after it was revealed that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip’s Capital Group is the largest investor in GW Pharmaceuticals, which mass produces it here, where it is banned, for a foreign market, The Mirror reporter.

GW Pharmaceuticals is on the verge of officially launching its marijuana-derived epilepsy drug in the United States.  The drug, Epidiolex, is the first drug ever that is currently being approved by the FDA.

“Why is my son being left to die in his own country by his own government? I can tell you why, greed and hypocrisy and it’s a recipe that will kill Billy.”

She added: “A cannabis-rich government ensured he is going cold turkey off his medication. Billy was prescribed medicinal cannabis to save his life. It was taken away by the Government. Billy’s benefit would be to live and have a good quality of life.

Also read: Here are top 5 things that show UK’s double standards on marijuana

Created company to support son

The lobbyist mother Caldwell is the sole director of a cannabis oil distributor company, which has been named after her son Billy.

At Billy Bud Limited, Caldwell sells bottles of cannabis oil for more than £500 ($876 CDN). The profits obtained from the cannabis oil sold were used put towards Billy’s 24-7 healthcare needs.

While cannabis oil or CBD is legal in the UK, higher dosages, as well as mainstream medical marijuana, remain illegal.

Earlier this month Billy became the first person to be granted permission to hold a prescription from the National Health Services (NHS). He uses cannabis oil to control his epilepsy.

The family made international news when Caldwell’s cannabis oil purchased from Canada was confiscated at Heathrow Airport after their arrival from the North American country. The quality of the cannabis oil purchased in Canada helped to stop seizures.

Caldwell said her son Billy experienced his first seizure after 19 months soon after his arrival.

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Changing is slowly happening

Following the outcry emanating from Caldwell’s story, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the British government is in the process of reviewing the law.

The announcement on cannabis came after Billy was hospitalized because of his access to the right type of cannabis oil was restricted.

Chief Medical Officer of England Sally Davies Image via Telegraph - Mother of epileptic boy: UK PM’s husband is big investor in pharma-cannabis company
Chief Medical Officer of England Sally Davies (Image via Telegraph)

The Review

The review is scheduled to be broken down into two sections.

Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer will lead the first part. She will recommend which cannabis-based medicines could be beneficial to patients and offer the best therapeutic benefits.

The second sections will be conducted by The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. The council will decide if the drugs would benefit the balance of harms and public health needs.

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