Home Office considers medical cannabis trial for child with rare genetic condition


The Home Office have announced that they are considering permitting a “trial” of a cannabis-based drug specifically to treat a 5 year old boy with an extreme and life-threatening form of epilepsy resulting from his rare genetic condition. The drug was prescribed to him successfully in the Netherlands but, unless the Home Office grant a licence, it would be a criminal offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for it to be given to him here in the UK. For news coverage, see here.

Zoe Leventhal is involved in this case.