British medical patients could soon treat their conditions with the help of legal cannabis.
The UK’s government announced on Tuesday plans to lift its ban on marijuana for medical use after growing concern for epileptic children with no access to medicine, the AP reports.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid spoke to fellow lawmakers about 12-year-old Billy Caldwell, a boy with severe epilepsy whose cannabis oil medication was recently confiscated at a London airport.
The boy’s situation was the impetus for William Hague, a high-profile former conservative leader, to write an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph in favor of reversing the UK’s current cannabis laws.
The case “provides one of those illuminating moments when a longstanding policy is revealed to be inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date,” wrote Hague.
The boy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, would like to hear more details regarding any changes to the law, although she welcomed the announcement.
“Common sense and the power of mothers and fathers of sick children has bust the political process wide open and is on the verge of changing thousands of…