Charlotte Caldwell considering taking son Billy back to Canada

Henrietta Strickland
June 12, 2018

She described the drug as as "a small bottle of oil that's keeping my son alive".

Charlotte Caldwell accused Home Office minister Nick Hurd of having "likely signed my son's death warrant".

British mother who says her son needs cannabis oil to prevent unsafe epileptic seizures is pleading with British officials to return the supply she recently obtained in Canada.

Twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell made history when he became the first United Kingdom recipient of an NHS prescription for cannabis.

"The reason they don't do it is that it can cause really bad side-effects - they wean them down slowly".

"So what Nick Hurd has just done is most likely signed my son's death warrant".

"I am praying that airport staff will let us through with Billy's life-saving medicine", she said.

"They are parents themselves and they were very conflicted about removing the medication from me; in fact. one of them had tears in their eyes when he was doing it".

Heathrow officials handed Ms Caldwell a letter from Mr Hurd requesting a meeting at the Home Office.

But when she landed back at Heathrow airport yesterday it was seized, meaning Billy would miss his first treatment in 19 months.

The Home Office has defended the seizure in a statement which said: 'The Home Office is sympathetic to the hard and rare situation that Billy and his family are faced with.

"The minister urged the family to explore licensing options with the Department of Health Northern Ireland".

However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is of the opinion that CBD products, used for a medical objective, are medicines.

The oil containing the THC chemical is illegal under the misuse of drugs legislation.

Charlotte Caldwell bought the cannabis oil - which keeps her sick son seizure free - legally in Canada and announced she would be "openly smuggling" it into the United Kingdom in protest against the UK's drug laws.

Caldwell said at a news conference: "I will just go back to Canada and get more and I will bring it back again, because my son has a right to have his anti-epileptic medication in his country, in his own home".

Billy started the treatment in 2016 in the USA, where medical marijuana is legal.

She was forced to travel to Canada last week after officials warned her GP that he faced serious consequences if he continued to write prescriptions for medicinal cannabis.

Without the drug, he has up to 100 potentially fatal seizures a day but last week the Home Office told his family doctor to stop giving out the drug or face disbarment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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