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Medicinal cannabis is a health issue not a criminal one - Begley

18 June, 2018 - by Órfhlaith Begley

Following the granting of a temporary licence for Billy Caldwell to receive medicinal cannabis by the British Home Secretary, West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley has said this is only a short-term solution and we need to find a long-term resolution so that there can be no repeat of the suffering experienced by Billy last week. 


Ms Begley said:


“Following confirmation from the Home Office that the medication is only permitted on a short-term basis, I have requested an urgent meeting with the British Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, and British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to discuss a long-term resolution for Billy Caldwell and for the many other people who need medicinal cannabis to ease their suffering.


“Last week I met with other families who are in a similar situation as the Caldwell family. There is an obvious and urgent need for legislative reform and public opinion is clearly in support of this.


"The medication was working for Billy and he deteriorated badly without it. Billy should not have had to experience severe epileptic seizures as a result of the withdrawal of his medication.


"Billy is living proof that this medication can be life changing. We need a long-term solution so that he and others can benefit from it."

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