A mother is fighting with government officials in the United Kingdom who have confiscated her 12-year-old son’s medical cannabis.
Charlotte Caldwell recently returned from her trip to Toronto, Canada back to the United kingdom. Caldwell was in the country buying medication for Billy, her 12-year-old son who has autism and suffers from epilepsy. The medication was reportedly cannabis oil that is being currently used by many people for treating mental health issues and other ailments.
Caldwell said that her son needs medical cannabis oil which helps him keep his seizures under control. But her troubles shot up as soon as she entered back in the United Kingdom. Custom officials searched Caldwell and found a six-month supply of medical cannabis oil, they then accused Caldwell of trying to smuggle cannabis oil openly into the country and then snatched it away from her.
Although cannabinoid is legal and licensed as a medicine in the United Kingdom, the major concern lies with the legality of other compounds that are usually present in medical cannabis oil – THC. Tetra hydro cannabinoid or THC is a compound found in cannabis plants that gets its users hooked and causes hallucinations, it is this compound which triggers the ‘high’ that users feel while smoking weed or cannabis.
The officials of the United Kingdom did not see the medical cannabis oil that Caldwell was carrying as a valuable medicinal drug and labeled it as illegal.
After the incident, Caldwell went to the Home Office to discuss this problem with Nick Hurd MP, the department leader. She requested if the government officials could give back the medication to her son as it was really important for his health. Despite of numerous requests, Hurd denied to give back the seized medication to Caldwell. She then demanded Hurd to give a solution that would satisfy both parties involved.
The story of Billy
Billy had made the headlines for becoming the first child to acquire prescribed mecial cannabis oil from the United Kingdom’s National Health Services back in 2017. He recieved the cannabis oil thrice a day. He reportedly did not have any seizures or epileptic fits for about 250 days.
His mother, Caldwell noted that Billy used to suffer from upto 100 seizures before he was prescribed medical cannabis oil. But unfortunately, Billy was not able to receive any more of the prescribed medication. In May, the Home Office threatened Billy’s doctor if he didn’t renew his medical subscription.
Caldwell stated that medical cannabis oil had kept her son alive and well. She feared that if he discontinued using cannabis oil, he would suffer severely from withdrawals.
Caldwell stated that she will go back to Canada, again buy the same prescription for her son and bring it back to the United Kingdom. She further added that her son has every right to have proper medication for his condition in his own country, in his home.
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