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Labour will allow cannabis oil prescriptions, Diane Abbott says

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LABOUR will allow the legal prescription of cannabis oil for medical purposes, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott announced today.

The announcement came in response to a mother of a 12-year-old boy with acute epilepsy, who had cannabis oil used to treat his condition confiscated from her at Heathrow.

Charlotte Caldwell wants an urgent review of the law after her son was rushed to hospital on Friday night in a critical condition having suffered multiple seizures.

Ms Abbott said: “A number of recent heartbreaking cases have highlighted a failure of government policy.

“Children have been put at risk and experienced extraordinary suffering because this government drags its heels and refuses to grant cannabis oil licences.

“As well as allowing legal prescriptions, Ms Abbott has said Labour will also review drug policies to address all issues of public health.

“The government should stop being so heavy-handed and bureaucratic and put the welfare of children first.”

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