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Epilepsy Society welcomes government response to Billy Caldwell case

Epilepsy Society’s chief executive officer, Clare Pelham, has welcomed the Home Office’s decision to return the cannabis oil that it confiscated from the mother of a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy.

Billy Caldwell was admitted to hospital with increased seizures last night after the cannabis oil which his mother Charlotte Caldwell obtained in Canada, was seized at Heathrow.

The oil is illegal in the UK as it contains  a small amount of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.

Home secretary Sajid Javid used exceptional powers to grant a licence for the drug, after senior clinicians told him this was a medical emergency.

Epilepsy Society’s chief executive Clare Pelham, said: “We congratulate the Home Secretary on his compassionate response. This is a complex area that requires further thoughtful consideration and Epilepsy Society looks forward to supporting the Government in this important work.”

Read the BBC News story.

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