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Mum vows to defy drugs laws to 'openly smuggle' cannabis oil into Britain

Mum vows to defy drugs laws to ‘openly smuggle’ cannabis oil into Britain

Charlotte Caldwell with her son Billy (Picture: Photopress Belfast)

A mother who credits cannabis oil with saving her son’s life plans to ‘openly smuggle’ it into Heathrow in protest at Britain’s drugs laws.

Charlotte Caldwell bought the medicine legally in Canada and said she planned to bring it back on a plane with her then declare it at customs today.

‘I will ask them if they will let me keep this safe, regulated medicine that has kept my little boy alive – or are they going to take it off me, condemning my son to possible death?’ Ms Caldwell told the Daily Mail.

‘If they confiscate Billy’s medicine and arrest me, they are signing his death warrant.’

Her son Billy, 12, suffers from autism and severe epilepsy.

Billy has run out of his medicine (Picture: @billysbud)

He became the first person to be prescribed a cannabis-based medicine on the NHS after enduring up to 100 seizures a day and routinely ending up in hospital.

A US doctor originally prescribed him medicine which his mum says stopped the seizures and significantly improved his quality of life.

But last month the Home Office told her GP to stop continuing to provide the drug, or face being struck off.

Billy was the UK’s first patient to receive marijuana legally on the NHS (Picture: PA)
His mum vowed to defy drugs laws to ‘openly smuggle’ cannabis oil into Britain (Picture: @billysbud)

‘I had to read the email six times in disbelief,’ single mum Charlotte, from Castlederg, County Tyrone, said.

She flew to Toronto on Thursday to get further supplies, just before their current stock of medicine ran out.

A group of other parents of children with epilepsy planned to meet her at Heathrow to give support.

Tory MP Dan Poulter also planned to meet her.

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