Billy Caldwell ‘exiled’ in Canada by NHS refusal to prescribe cannabis medicine

Charlotte Caldwell has been forced to take her son Billy to Canada to seek medication after doctors cited strict NHS guidance to say they could not prescribe cannabis unless there was clinical evidence it would benefit his epilepsy. Charlotte said she had been informed by her son’s medical team they could not support his new […]

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Imperial Tobacco Linked to End Our Pain Funders In Cannabis Industry Move

A private equity firm linked to Imperial Tobacco is helping to fund End Our Pain, the pressure group representing Alfie Dingley and others in their fight for medicinal cannabis, in a sign that ‘big tobacco’ – whose core product is in decline – is making serious moves into the cannabis industry. The FTSE 100 tobacco […]

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GPs will NOT be able to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis in the UK

Medicinal Cannabis Defined: UK Home Office sets out rules for products On 21 September, the Government formally announced its definition of what qualifies as ‘cannabis-based’ products for medicinal use ahead of a proposed law change this autumn, including in Northern Ireland. But it said that only doctors on the Specialist Register of the General Medical […]

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Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: make medicinal cannabis available on prescription

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has told the government that doctors in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions. It comes after high profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil, such as Sophia Gibson and Jace Newton-Sealey. […]

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Update: Sophia Gibson granted life-changing cannabis licence

Sophia Gibson, the seven-year-old girl from Northern Ireland who has been in intensive care after a life-threatening epileptic seizure, has been granted a long-term licence for the use of medicinal cannabis. Sophia, from Newtownards, Co Down, has a genetic condition called Dravet syndrome, which causes what her family describe as “frequent and dangerous fits”. Her […]

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