Mother of an epileptic boy urges Boris Johnson to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis


Medical cannabis has only been prescribed to three children since it was legalized three years ago.

Families blame the lack of NHS funding and legal hurdles despite the government promising to make them widely available.

They say the situation will be improved if a law is repealed that says cannabis grown here cannot be sold as medicine in the UK.

Hannah Deacon believes the change could be worth £ 2 billion for the UK economy and create 97,000 jobs.

Her severely epileptic son, Alfie Dingley, nine, was the first to receive an NHS prescription for a cannabis drug from a specialist three years ago.

But she still has to get it from Amsterdam – and only two other children have received NHS prescriptions since then.

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Alfie’s cannabis oil medicine

Another 100 families spend up to £ 2,000 a month on private doctors, while at least 1.4 million people illegally buy cannabis for diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Hannah, 41, of Kenilworth, Warwicks, said, “It’s a shame doctors have to advise their patients to use the illegal black market because they can’t prescribe.”

Last week she wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking for a meeting. According to her campaign group, Maple Tree Consultants, the UK exports 97 tons of medicinal cannabis annually – 45% of the world market.

Hannah wrote to Boris Johnson

Hannah wrote to Boris Johnson

She wants reforms so that GPs, not just specialists, can prescribe them, and growers can harvest leaves and flowers here, not just stems and seeds.

Maple Tree said, “Companies are desperate to serve domestic patients.”

His proposals are supported by MPs and 14 industry associations.