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“The ACMD has recommended that cannabis-derived medicinal products should be placed in Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.”
It has been announced by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) that clinicians in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal to patients.
The council has requested the Department of Health and Social Care and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to produce a definition for these products to move them out of schedule 1 and into schedule 2.
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The mother of a severely epileptic boy has won the right to treat her son with medicinal cannabis oil.
Charlotte Caldwell said they had “achieved the impossible” after Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Saturday he would grant a licence for 12-year-old Billy to receive the treatment.
The government, who seized the six month supply of cannabis oil that Ms Caldwell had brought into Heathrow Airport from Toronto, Canada, relented today after a six day battle.
Discussions are being made tomorrow to see if Charlotte can give her son his medication long term.
Speaking to ITV News, she criticised the “dreadful, horrific, cruel experience” that has deeply affected 12-year-old Billy, saying: “His little body has been completely broken and his little mind.”
“I truly believe that somewhere in the Home Office there’s someone with a heart and I truly believe that Billy was pulling on their heart strings,” she added.
She also called for “more humane policies”, while vowing to fight for others in the UK to have access to the medication they need.
“No other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal, travelling half way round the world to get medication which should be freely available,” she said.
“My experience leaves me in no doubt that the Home Office can no longer play a role in the administration of medication for sick children in our country.”
Mr Javid said he has used “an exceptional power” to “urgently issue” a licence to treat Billy with cannabis oil.
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