British boy hospitalized after medicinal cannabis confiscated

LONDON (Reuters) – An epileptic boy has been hospitalized in London days after the authorities confiscated his cannabis oil medication in a case that has stirred debate about the medicinal use of the illegal drug.

FILE PHOTO: Charlotte Caldwell, and her son Billy, stand outside the Home Office during a break in a meeting with officials to discuss how Billy can have his severe epilepsy treated with cannabis oil, which is a banned substance in Britain, in London, June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

Billy Caldwell, 12, had traveled to Canada with his mother Charlotte to obtain cannabis oil after Billy’s doctor was ordered to stop prescribing it, but when they flew back into London customs officials confiscated their supplies.

“Billy needs his confiscated anti-epilepsy medication immediately,” Charlotte Caldwell said in a statement.

She said her son’s seizures, each of which is potentially fatal, had returned on Tuesday after the medication was seized. She said that when he was using the cannabis oil, he was free of seizures.

The Home Office, or interior ministry, could not immediately be reached for comment about Billy’s hospitalization. It had previously…

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