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Ex-cop who smuggled cannabis oil for epileptic son faces police investigation

Ex-cop who smuggled cannabis oil for epileptic son faces police investigation

A former police officer who smuggled cannabis oil into Scotland for her epileptic son is facing a police investigation.

Lisa Quarrell, 38, has been bringing cannabis-based Bedrolite from the Netherlands to treat six-year-old Cole’s crippling seizures since March.

Police Scotland said last night that she may have to explain her actions to officers after her story was featured in a BBC documentary on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman added: “No complaint has been made regarding this issue.

“However we are currently looking into the circumstances surrounding this situation following media coverage to assess criminality.”

The medical cannabis oil contains less than one per cent THC – the psychoactive that gives a feeling of being “high”.

Lisa Quarrell appeared on BBC Disclosure: Can Cannabis Save My Child?

 

But Lisa cannot get it prescribed for Cole by NHS Scotland.

She has spent thousands of pounds on flights to and from the Netherlands to buy Bedrolite, which costs £160 a bottle. In the BBC documentary, Lisa spoke about breaking the law.

The mum, from East Kilbride, said: “I’ve just walked through the airport and seen police officers I used to work with.

“The whole time, I know that I’m about to pick up my baggage that’s got an illegal drug in it.”

Lisa Quarrell and her six-year-old son Cole who suffers crippling seizures

Lisa was a police officer for 10 years before leaving the force when Cole was a baby.

The schoolboy can suffer up to 16 crippling seizures a day.

Lisa added: “He’ll convulse, he’ll click his mouth, his eyes will roll back, he’ll drop to the floor with no notice.”

“It’s the most heartbreaking thing to watch.”

Lisa has been fundraising and travelling to the Netherlands with Karen Gray, 44, from Edinburgh.

Lisa Quarrell travels to Holland to buy Bedrolite, tight, which costs £160 a bottle

 

Karen has also been bringing Bedrolite back for her six-year-old son, Murray, who has a severe form of epilepsy.

Like Cole, Murray can have up to 12 seizures a day.

Edinburgh Police Division are yet to comment on whether Karen will also be investigated.Tracey Gillies, medical director for NHS Lothian, said: “The hospital has to take steps to make sure the child is looked after as safely as possible and discuss that with others who have a relevant interest in safeguarding children.”

According to the Home Office, it is illegal to bring Bedrolite into the country without an import licence.

Last week, Cole was given a private prescription for the medication at Portland Hospital in London.

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