Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt backs use of medicinal cannabis oil
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt backs use of medicinal cannabis oil
RETUERSCharlotte Caldwell and son Billy who has severe epilepsy
19 June, 2018, 19:30
Think tanks are calling on the government to review its position on cannabis, after the former Conservative leader William Hague called for a "decisive change" in the law.
"The idea that this can be driven off the streets and out of people's lives by the state is nothing short of deluded", Hague wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Labour MP Tonia Antoniazza told the Chamber that two children in her constituency, Gower, could "benefit hugely" from the treatment, while six-year-old epileptic Alfie Dingley has been waiting three months for the Home Office to process a licence application.
"The objective.is to prevent a situation where large amounts of this drug are in circulation in a very damaging form which is poisoning large numbers of young people and resulting in psychological damage".
Calling the confiscation of the vital cannabis oil used to stop Billy's seizures by United Kingdom border officials to comply with United Kingdom drug laws as "inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date", Hague advocated a far-reaching review of policy regarding cannabis, saying "official intransigence is now at odds with common sense". She has refused to back the Health Secretary's calls for legal reform. "Thank you", she said.
In a statement to MPs, the Home Secretary said after a series of high-profile cases it had become clear that the current system of licensing medicines was not fit for objective. The child's MP, Conservative Mike Penning, says he will go overseas himself to get his constituent's medical cannabis if the Home Office doesn't address the situation by tomorrow.
The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is to be reviewed, which could lead to patients being prescribed drugs made from the plant, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
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