A Tory MP has said medicinal cannabis could become legal in the UK in a year after border officials seized a British mother’s supply to treat her son’s severe epilepsy.
Dr Dan Poulter is calling for a change in the law to allow medicines derived from the banned drug to be prescribed to patients.
The Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, who is setting up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to bring about the change, said a “realistic” goal was between a year and 18 months.
He was speaking at a press conference in central London after 50-year-old Charlotte Caldwell’s supply of cannabis oil was seized at Heathrow Airport on her return from Canada.
She made the trip to Toronto and back with 12-year-old Billy to get a six-month supply to treat up to 100 seizures a day.
He started the treatment in 2016 in the US, and became the first person in the UK to receive a prescription after his local GP, Brendan O’Hare, began writing scripts before he was told to desist by the Home Office.
Karen Gray, from Edinburgh, whose five-year-old son Murray suffers from a form of epilepsy, said she and other parents should be caring for their children rather than having to campaign for a law change.
“There are families who are having to go to other sources,” she said.