The mother of a severely epileptic boy who had his cannabis oil medication confiscated wants to meet the home secretary to discuss reforming the law. Charlotte Caldwell’s son Billy, 12, uses the oil as his anti-seizure medication and she wants to be able to treat him with it at home. The Home Office has granted a limited licence for the drug to be administered to the child in hospital for 20 days. Billy is being treated at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Ms Caldwell says her son’s seizures dramatically reduce when he takes the oil, which contains a substance called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is illegal in the UK. On Monday Heathrow airport officials confiscated Billy’s supply – which Ms Caldwell had tried to bring in from Canada – and he was admitted to hospital after his seizures “intensified”. Home Secretary Sajid Javid later approved the use of cannabis oil after doctors made clear it was a medical emergency. The situation is under review. Ms Caldwell, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, wants to meet Mr Javid to discuss the matter and said: “I will not stand by and let any other family in our country endure this experience. It’s horrific and cruel.” Crispin Blunt MP, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on drug policy reform, said the existing law was “frankly absurd”. Dr Amir Englund, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said an exemption should be made in Billy’s case “so that he does not come to further harm”. But UCL’s Dr Michael Bloomfield said the use of medical marijuana is “far from straightforward”.
He said in some jurisdictions the drug’s use for medical conditions is “a potential way of decriminalising cannabis through the back door”