Sajid Javid, the UK Home Secretary, announced a few days ago that the UK will begin to allow prescriptions of cannabis-derived medicines for patients “with an exceptional need.” These measures will become effective in the autumn.
Two high profile cases of children with epilepsy
In the UK there have been two highly publicised cases of children with refractory epilepsy whose families requested cannabis-based oil: Billy Caldwell, 12 years old, and Alfie Dingley, aged 6. The mother of the first has lead a media campaign, thanks to which the Department of Health granted an emergency license to the child. However, this concession obliged the family to travel to the hospital in Belfast twice a day, which is two hours away from their home in Castlederg, a journey of 8 hours a day.
Revision of failing legislation
Thanks to the urgency of these two cases, the...