Mother of six-year-old epileptic daughter says she has spent more than $59,000 and broken the law to keep her daughter alive

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Three years ago, Tannine Montgomery breathed a sigh of relief. Montgomery’s family had flown to the Netherlands to obtain cannabis oil to treat her then three-year-old daughter, Indie-Rose. Her daughter has severe epilepsy and can experience up to 50 seizures a month. The oil, according to Montgomery, changed her daughter’s life. “We went from constant seizures and being in hospital all the time to her being happy and attending school,” Montgomery told BBC . Seven-year-old girl with rare form of epilepsy makes ‘amazing’ recovery thanks to cannabis oil Access to medical cannabis remains a challenge in the U.K., argues mother of chronically ill child Lack of access to medical marijuana and CBD is cause for concern in the U.S. But the trip to the Netherlands also came with a devastating truth. The family would not be able to keep up with the treatment once returning home. The U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) provided no coverage and the medication cost the family £1,500 ($2,600) a month. And while it’s illegal to import cannabis oil into the U.K. unless licensed to do so, the family felt it had little choice. During one return trip, the medication was seized by U.K. customs. With COVID-19 restrictions preventing the family from flying this year, it has been unable to renew Indie-Rose’s medication and she has begun experiencing seizures again. “We have never wanted to break the law. We felt we had to, to keep Indie-Rose alive, but that option is not even open to us at the moment,” Montgomery told BBC . “I’m not sleeping and my anxiety is through the roof.” Though medical cannabis is legal in the U.K., the organization that establishes guidelines for the NHS, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, notes that there is not enough evidence to recommend…

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