The government is changing the law on the medical use of Cannabis oil
Medical use of cannabis oil has been all over the news recently and for good reason. You will of seen the case of 12 year old Billy Caldwell and his mother Charlotte who has been campaigning for the government to change the laws in the UK. Currently the medical use of cannabis oil is illegal in this country. But this is about to change!
Billy Caldwell, 12, became the poster boy for a change in law on the medical use of cannabis oil after his anti-epilepsy drugs were confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11 after an order by Home Office minister Nick Hurd.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the brain and nervous system, the person has a tendency to have seizures that start in the brain.
The brain is made up of millions of nerve cells that use electrical signals to control the body’s functions, senses and thoughts. If the signals are disrupted, the person may have an epileptic seizure (sometimes called a ‘fit’ or ‘attack’). According to Epilepsy Research UK, Research In US shows that cannabis compound may halve seizures for patients with severe epilepsy
Charlotte Caldwell, Billy’s mother has been campaigning to change the governments review into the medical use of cannabis oil in the UK. Billy was first treated in 2016 in the US after being prescribed the oil by a doctor in Northern Ireland. Then In 2017, Billy was prescribed the cannabis oil medication on the NHS but then in May this year his GP was told he could no longer prescribe because it is not licensed in the UK.
“Britain’s drug laws are in the dark ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it” says Simon Jenkins, Guardian columnist, author and BBC broadcaster.
After one week of media and political pressure the Home Office officials let Javid overrule their decsion . take his medicine away. Even then he was only allowed just three weeks’ supply, “not to be taken home”, and the rest of his medicine was impounded. Simon goes on to say “This is inhuman and absurd. The reason for Caldwell’s treatment has nothing to do with cannabis and everything to do with ministerial terror of seeming soft on drugs”
New government guidelines on the medical use of cannabis oil
This new legislation will pave the way for thousand of urgent licences to be set in place as international clinical data on cannabis based treatments is shared with the UK. The medical use of cannabis oil is to be reviewed, which could lead to more prescriptions of drugs made from the plant, the home secretary has said.
Lady Meacher, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group for drug policy reform, said the move was a “no brainer” which could benefit lots of people in the UK. Meacher called for cannabis-based drugs to be legalised 2 years ago
She said: “About one million people, probably, could benefit from medical cannabis – people with severe pain, obviously children with terrible epilepsy.”
“There are 200,000 people in this country with uncontrolled epileptic seizures; MS sufferers, people with Parkinson’s, people with cancer.”
“So there are just so many people who must be celebrating today, and I’m celebrating with them.”
The CBD oil industry
Why do we need this new legislation?