'The government has been accused of endangering the life of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell after Heathrow customs officials confiscated a cannabis-based medicine used to treat his severe epilepsy.
Billy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, told the media one member of customs staff “had tears in their eyes” when they confiscated the treatment, which had been issued through a clinical trial in Toronto, Canada.
Returning on Monday, the family declared the six-month supply of an oil containing CBD, one of the key constituents of medical cannabis, which has helped to eradicate Billy’s life-threatening seizures.
Billy suffered from up to 100 seizures a day before he began receiving a cannabis oil treatment in the US in 2016. He has gone as long as 300 days seizure-free since.
He became the first person in the UK to receive medical marijuana through an NHS prescription, with the support of his GP in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
However, last month the Home Office ordered the GP to stop the prescription or lose his medical licence.
Unable to get their regular prescription, the family have been counting down until their medication runs out, and have been lobbying the Home Office to change the laws to support people like Billy.'
Read more: Mother who had son's medical cannabis confiscated warns he 'will surely pass away' if law does not change
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