Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, gave a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 19 June 2018, on drug licensing.
The Secretary of State informed the House he had issued an emergency licence to allow Billy Caldwell’s medical team to access cannabis-based medicine to treat life-threatening seizures caused by a severe form of epilepsy. The Home Secretary went on to state that cases such as Billy’s, Alfie Dingley’s and others like them, have shown that we now need to look more closely at the use of cannabis-based medicines in the healthcare sector in the UK and that it was time to review the scheduling of cannabis.
Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, responded on behalf of the Opposition and welcomed the Home Secretary’s statement to look more closely at the use of cannabis-based medication in healthcare in the UK, and further agreed that this is the right time to review the scheduling of cannabis.
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