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Jeremy Hunt shows support for changing law over medical cannabis oil use

Pressure has been mounting on the government following the case of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell, who needs the medication to treat his epilepsy

Jeremy Hunt has signalled his support for overturning legal restrictions on the use of medical cannabis oil, saying no one believes the law is working properly.

The health secretary said he hoped that a Home Office review could be completed within months into medical use of the oil, which is illegal in Britain but available elsewhere.

However the department was unable to immediately confirm whether a review was taking place, and Theresa May’s official spokesman tried to distance the prime minister from the idea.

It comes after Sajid Javid, the home secretary, bowed to intense public and political pressure to allow 12-year-old Billy Caldwell to receive cannabis oil to treat his epilepsy.

He began using the banned substance to control his seizures in 2016, but his mother Charlotte Caldwell was stopped at Heathrow Airport last Monday when she tried to bring the latest batch of his medication back from Canada.

Mr Javid intervened at the weekend to grant a 20-day license for the treatment, after Billy was admitted to hospital in London, and is now reviewing the law around medical marijuana use.

The health secretary told the Today programme: “I don’t think anyone who followed that story could sensibly say that we are getting the law on this kind of thing right.

“I think everyone feels for the lady concerned, and of course there are many, many other people in that situation.”

Challenged over whether the legal situation could remain unchanged for weeks or months, he replied: “I sincerely hope not.”

 

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