A boy who is suffering from epilepsy has been hospitalised in London a few days after the authorities confiscated his cannabis oil medication. The said case has started a debate regarding the medicinal use of the illegal drug.
Billy Caldwell is 12 years old. The boy, together with his mother, Charlotte, travelled to Canada in order to obtain cannabis oil after the doctor of Billy was ordered to stop prescribing the drug. However, when they flew back into London, the customs officials confiscated their supplies.
In a statement, Charlotte Caldwell stated: “Billy needs his confiscated anti-epilepsy medication immediately.”
She said that the seizures of her son, each of which is possibly fatal, had returned last Tuesday following the confiscation of the said medication. She said that when Billy was using the cannabis oil, he was not suffering from seizures.
The interior ministry or the Home Office could not immediately be contacted to issue a comment regarding the hospitalisation of the boy. However, it had previously disclosed that while the office was sympathetic to the boy’s plight, but it said that it had a duty to stop banned substances from entering the United Kingdom.
Under the law of the United Kingdom, cannabis is listed as a schedule 1 drug. It means that it is not recognised as having a therapeutic value. Schedule 1 drugs can be utilised for clinical trials and research purposes, but only under a licence from the Home Office.
The Caldwell family normally live in Northern Ireland. They have received support from various members of the parliament from different political parties.
Billy Caldwell had been receiving a prescription for medicinal cannabis oil by their family doctor for more than a year already. However, their supplies ran out following the order of the Home Office to his doctor to stop prescribing the said drug.