Cannabis oil returned to United Kingdom boy Billy Caldwell after hospitalization

Cannabis oil returned to United Kingdom boy Billy Caldwell after hospitalization

Cannabis oil returned to United Kingdom boy Billy Caldwell after hospitalization

The family of a 12 year old County Tyrone boy with epilepsy, whose cannabis oil was confiscated by the British Home Office, say the drug is being returned.

Calls for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis have intensified after the Home Secretary allowed a severely epileptic boy to be treated with the remedy.

On Saturday after a very public week-long struggle, Home Secretary Sajid Javid used "an exceptional power" to grant treatment for the young boy, using one of the bottles of cannabis oil confiscated by airport officials.

"My decision is based on the advice of senior clinicians who have made clear this is a medical emergency".

Addressing the reporters outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where her son was being treated, Charlotte Caldwell asked for the United Kingdom laws on cannabis to be changed.

MP Crispin Blunt, co-chair of the all-parliamentary group on drug policy reform told the Guardian: "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".

The oil was initially confiscated at Heathrow airport after Charlotte attempted to bring it into the country.

She said doctors in Canada and Northern Ireland who are familiar with Billy's case said the situation was life-threatening.

She vowed to keep up her fight to allow others in the United Kingdom to have access to the medication they need.

Charlotte Caldwell says the oil has kept Billy seizure-free for more than 300 days.

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Charlotte Caldwell, and her son Billy, stand outside the Home Office during a break in a meeting with officials to discuss how Billy can have his severe epilepsy treated with cannabis oil, which is a banned substance in Britain, in London, June 11, 2018.

She said her son was too ill to travel to Canada to get his medication.

"His little body has been completely broken and his little mind", she said.

The family had planned to return to Canada if they could not get the medicine in the United Kingdom but say Billy is now too ill to travel.

The Home Office, or interior ministry, could not immediately be reached for comment about Billy's hospitalisation.

Under British law, cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that it is not recognised as having a therapeutic value.

He became the first person in the United Kingdom with a prescription for cannabis oil when it was recommended to him by a local doctor in Northern Ireland.

Ms Jardine has been campaigning on behalf of her constituent Murray Gray, who is also seeking access to cannabis based treatments for seizures.

Billy became the first person in the United Kingdom to receive a prescription after his local GP in Northern Ireland, Brendan O'Hare, began writing scripts. But his doctor was told by the Home Office to stop prescribing the medication.

Ms Caldwell said: "This is beyond cruelty".

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