Access to medical cannabis for U.K. patients under threat due to Brexit

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More than 40 children in the U.K. with severe forms of epilepsy are at risk of losing access to their medicine due to Brexit restrictions, reports The Times . As of Jan. 1, British prescriptions are no longer recognized in the European Union. With many families travelling to the Netherlands to get their cannabis prescriptions filled — and Dutch law requiring a valid prescription to export cannabis products — they are now left scrambling to find alternatives. Mother of six-year-old epileptic daughter says she has spent more than $59,000 and broken the law to keep her daughter alive 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 Hannah Deacon, the mother of Alfie Dingley, the first patient in the U.K. to receive a permanent medical cannabis licence, told The Guardian that her son’s life is at risk. “I am facing the fact that my son might go into refractory epileptic seizures again, which can kill people,” Deacon said. “That’s how dangerous this is. So to say, ‘Oh, you can swap it for another product, sorry we can’t help,’ it is grossly unacceptable. It’s very very dangerous and I’m really frightened about what is going to happen.” Deacon said she received a letter on Dec. 17, 2020 outlining the changes and while the family was fortunate to secure a few months of medicine, it remains fearful for what happens when that supply runs out. “What makes me really angry is the lack of time we have, the lack of empathy, of care. My son is on a medicine that works for him, why would they take that away?” she said. Deacon said she wrote a letter to Prime Minister Boris…

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